Georgetown University, MedStar Rehab Create New Brain Center

Georgetown University and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, both in Washington, D.C., announced the creation of the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery through a new partnership.

The center is dedicated to the study of neural plasticity, which may aid recovery from stroke, traumatic brain injury and other neurological damage. The center's long-term goal is to discover ways to stimulate the brain to restore neurologic function in patients suffering from neurologic damage and diseases.

The partnership between a university, which includes researchers and research facilities, with a rehabilitation hospital will enable researchers to immediately apply new treatment approaches to brain injury patients. The center will first focus on stroke, one of the most common neurological disorders, according to the release.

The Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery is a top priority for Georgetown University Medical Center, which is conducting a $1.5 billion fundraising campaign to advance scientific understanding and human health through biomedical research, particularly neuromedicine, according to the release.

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