The Mellen Program for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (CCLRCBH) has received a $1 million donation from the Eric and Sheila Samson Foundation to establish the Samson Chair for MS Research. Dr. Le Hua, director of the Mellen Program for MS at CCLRCBH is the inaugural Chair holder and will use the funds to accelerate crucial MS research initiatives using advanced imaging provided by CCLRCBH’s new Simens Skyra T-3 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.
“With 4,000 Nevada residents living with MS, it is critical that we continue to make strides in advancing our knowledge and treatment of this life-robbing disease,” said Hua. “The Eric and Sheila Samson Foundation has been an unwavering supporter of the Cleveland Clinic throughout the years as well as a leading advocate for advancing medical research. Their generous contribution to our MS program is invaluable and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish over the next several years.”
A core part of the gift will be used to help facilitate novel MRI imaging to better understand MS. Utilizing the CCLRCBH’s new MRI machine, Hua and her team use an innovative quantitative imaging technique to measure brain water and tissue to reveal the nature of MS lesions, which are considered hallmarks of the disease and are monitored for use in developing a diagnosis. Hua believes quantitative MRI has wide potential application in the field for future multi-center studies to understand MS and in clinical trials to determine the effects of treatment.
Additionally, the Chair will support research initiatives already underway, including studies aimed at understanding the impact of aging and MS, health and wellness in MS care and promoting participation in clinical trials to provide cutting-edge treatment to patients.
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About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset. Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.
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