On behalf of the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine, welcome to the USF Health Neuroscience Institute (NSI) website. Throughout these pages, we hope that you will find inspiration, direction and hope from the work that our team is doing—whether in the laboratories, in the clinics or in the community.
The NSI is an ambitious concept designed to accelerate progress in the neurosciences by promoting inter-disciplinary collaborations among USF faculty/staff, as well as with partners outside of the University. These varied alliances occur across subject expertise and bridge domains. In other words, expert scientists (in labs) collaborate with physicians to better understand the connection between research, treatment and prevention.
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On Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, the USF Health Neuroscience Institute formalized a partnership agreement with Taihe Hospital and the Taihe Neuroscience Institute in Shiyan City, Hubei Province, China. Representing USF were Drs. Fayyadh Yusuf and Zeguang Ren, who traveled to China for the signing ceremony. Dr. Ren will serve as the Director of the Cerebrovascular Center, which combines the departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology, and direct both clinical care and research. This Center will serve as the model for future global collaborations. Dr. Yusuf will oversee the growth of the multi-disciplinary Institutes through an exchange program that includes conferences at both sites, strategic planning and collaborative research projects including joint clinical trials.
The Taihe Neuroscience Institute is Directed by Dr. Jie Luo, Neurosurgeon, President of Taihe Hospital, and member of the Chinese National Parliament. The hospital is on a tremendous growth trajectory, serving a city of 3.5 million people. Taihe boasts a 3000 bed tertiary care hospital, dedicated research building with wet labs and vivarium, a rehabilitation hospital that offers both Traditional Chinese Medicine and western medicine services, and satellite hospitals throughout the greater area to help serve those citizens unable to travel into the city. In 2020, they will open the doors to a brand new hospital that will increase capacity and services.
According to Harry van Loveren, MD, Director of the USF Health Neuroscience Institute, “this partnership was designed to benefit the patients and families of both institutions by accelerating the translation of scientific research to the benefit of our patients suffering from neurologic disease both locally and globally. USF Neuroscience takes this opportunity to grow our brand globally, expose our faculty to new and innovative perspectives on patient care, explore and embrace the wisdom embedded in a 1000 year-old tradition in health care. At the same time, we hope that Taihe Neuroscience will benefit from our approach to the delivery of evidence based medicine and rigorous scientific research.”