“The USF Health Neurosciences Institute is an ambitious concept designed to accelerate progress in the neurosciences by promoting interdisciplinary collaborations between expert scientists and physicians to better understand the connection between research, treatment and prevention of diseases of the brain, inspiring hope for patients and families. The Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute is the cornerstone of this new paradigm.”
Dr. Harry van Loveren
CEO, Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute
Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute is more than a world-class research facility; it’s a center of hope for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders and their families.
The institute brings together USF’s successful laboratory and clinical research programs on treating and preventing memory disorders with advanced services for patients and families, creating unique opportunities to discover solutions to better treat, prevent and cure Alzheimer’s disease.
Building a national model of excellence requires recruiting and retaining preeminent leaders in Alzheimer’s and neurological research and treatment. Named endowed chairs will help attract and reward the first-rate scholars and physicians who direct cutting-edge research, add to the clinical service offerings, and train future researchers.
Clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease require years to see effects, and transportation issues can impact participant retention. By developing mobile clinical trial units that can transport the necessary personnel and equipment to retirement communities and remote areas, we can improve access and increase retention for this important research.
State-of-the-art equipment is essential for investigators to pursue new avenues of research. A number of vital equipment needs have been defined that can elevate the Institute on its track to be the world’s best Alzheimer’s research center.
The Patient Dignity Program assists caregivers and patients with Alzheimer’s by serving as a dedicated concierge during a facility visit. The institute seeks funding to start a patient valet service and to support the student and community volunteers who greet patients, guide them to appointments, and inform caregivers of onsite resources during the visit.
Day care and memory care facilities provide a range of activities for individuals with dementia, however there is little research as to which ones work best for patients at different stages of the disease. We propose to establish an experimental respite care facility that will allow these activities to be measured for participation and enjoyment, establishing evidence-based recommendations that can be shared as best practices for facility providers and caregivers.