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UC part of national effort to cure brain disease in a decade

The University of Cincinnati and its academic partners are part a new national collaboration to better understand and treat brain injuries.

One Mind for Research, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, hopes to develop a scientific roadmap for curing brain disease within 10 years. UC and its affiliated institutions have been named one of eight U.S. academic partners.

Dr. Norberto Andaluz is director of Neurotrauma at the UC Neuroscience Institute, a Mayfield clinic surgeon, and chief of neurosurgery at the VA hospital.

"Our department of neurosurgery has always been one of the leading centers in the country for the development of new treatments and technologies that nowadays are used all over the world."

Recent UC research includes so-called brain tsunamis, a killer wave of short-circuiting that continues to cause damage to the brain after an initial injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and a study for people who have had a concussion three months or more and don't seem to be getting better.

Later this month Andaluz, One Mind CEO General Peter Chiarelli, and others will hold an easy to understand public discussion.

"The content of the presentations will not be heavily scientific and boring. They will be rather brief but they will be discussing what is going on in Cincinnati."

Ann Thompson has decades of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting.