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Welcome to the Spring 2021 Neuroscience Institute Newsletter

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the USF Health Neuroscience Institute, it gives us great pleasure to welcome you to the Spring 2021 edition of our newsletter. This compilation of articles, announcements and videos represents some of our highlights from the past three months.

For those who missed a previous announcement, we again congratulate Dr. Gopal Thinakaran on his appointment as the new CEO of the Byrd Alzheimer’s Research Center.  Dr. Thinakaran is an internationally renowned authority of AD research.  We are implementing his strategic blueprint for the thematic growth of basic neuroscience research, which includes recruiting the brightest minds in our diverse specialties.  He will also ensure the continued, seamless relationship patients trust with Dr. Amanda Smith’s clinical team and community members enjoy with Eileen Poiley, our Education Director.

Among the other stories in this newsletter are updates on our cutting-edge clinical trials and basic science research.  We included two recorded symposiums from our expert physicians and scientists.  One focuses on clinical trials offered at USF; the other addresses mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In other matters of interest, there is news regarding our growing partnership with Tampa General and schedule updates for caregiver workshops.

One last thing of special note to all of our readers:  this week is National Brain Awareness Week. We encourage you to take this occasion to do something positive for your brain. We know the benefits of physical exercise relative to heart matters but it is equally advantageous for brain health and function. Alternatively, challenge your brain through puzzles, crosswords, or yes, even video games. If you suspect any level of memory deficiency, please get a memory screening which can establish your current baseline. Caregivers are essential members of our community so if you know any, do something in their honor. Finally, for those of you who prefer the directness of a financial gift towards research or education, our development office can help you determine the greatest impact of a donation of any size.

Wishing you and your families great brain health,

Harry van Loveren, MD

Clifton Gooch, MD

Directors of the USF Health Neuroscience Institute

Click here to view the Spring 2021 issue of the USF Health Neuroscience Institute newsletter: Brain Research Discoveries.