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Mar 19, 2007 6:00 PM

Clinical Neuroscience Center will Focus On Comprehensive Care and Research

The halls of the old John A. Moran Eye Center have grown quiet since the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences moved to its new building in August; but that silence won't last. By year-end, those hallways will buzz with activity as the University Health Care Clinical Neuroscience Center opens to provide patients with neurological diseases and problems the most efficient, comprehensive care in the Intermountain West.

The center, expected to open by December, is uniting the efforts of three disciplines--neurosurgery, neurology and neuroradiology--to treat and research all aspects of neurological diseases as well as train physicians and others who will care for these patients in years to come.

"With the formation of the Clinical Neuroscience Center we will be able to provide multidisciplinary care to patients with a range of neurological issues, from stroke care and neuromuscular ailments to epilepsy and spinal surgery," says William T. Couldwell, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. "Our goal is to have improved convenience and accessibility to our services that will result in seamless, comprehensive care for our patients."

Equally important to the patient-care component is the research and educational opportunities afforded by this collaboration. According to Candice L. Gourley, administrative director of the Clinical Neuroscience Center, the vision of the center is closely aligned with the threefold mission of the health sciences: research, education, and clinical service.

The center brings the opportunity to enhance "research across the three disciplines that will have a major impact on the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders throughout Utah and the surrounding states. In addition, it will create an outstanding training environment for tomorrow's clinicians," explains John E. Greenlee, M.D., professor and interim chair of the Department of Neurology.

The spirit of collaboration can only be elevated with a truly integrated program, according to Steve Stevens, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Radiology. "It is an incredible way to practice," he says.

The transformation of the former Moran building into the Clinical Neuroscience Center has already begun. The Department of Neurosurgery and the Stroke Center have relocated to the fifth and third floors, respectively. Within six months, Gourley anticipates all Neuroscience Center faculty will be moved into their new offices.

The New Neurosciences Center

Fifth floor -- faculty offices for the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery

Fourth floor -- 42-room patient clinic--merging of Clinic 8: (Neurosurgery) with the Neurology Clinic, and addition of a neuroradiology reading room

Third floor -- Research labs, Stroke Center

Second floor -- Operating rooms

First floor -- Auditorium, food services

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