The Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute is an independent, non-profit institution focused on the study of human memory and memory diseases. The Institute is part of the West Virginia University Medicine Health Sciences Campus, located in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Institute is one of the world's leading research centers focusing on innovative procedures to treat Alzheimer's disease and to expand clinical, research and academic missions of neurosurgery, neurology, behavioral medicine and psychiatry and other neuroscience issues.
In 1999, United States Senator John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV and members of the Rockefeller family funded the formation of The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute on the campus of West Virginia University. The Institute was named in honor of Blanchette Ferry Rockefeller, his late mother, who died in 1992 following a ten-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. By 2001, the Rockefeller family had committed $15 million to the Institute, which inspired many additional donors to support the facility and its efforts to accelerate discovery of treatments and cures for neurological and psychiatric diseases. The $15 million gift was the founding endowment for the Institute to establish the world's first major research institute focused on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of neurological, psychiatric, and other cognitive disorders affecting the human brain, with an emphasis on Alzheimer's disease.
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