Epilepsy, stroke. Alzheimer's, traumatic brain injury, autism.
As different as they are, all neurological disorders have one thing in common: they strike at the core of our identity. They are also shockingly prevalent as a group: a 2007 report from the World Health Organization estimated that one billion people around the world suffer from some form of neurological disease.
Less than a generation ago there was little hope for treating most of these disorders, but we are now beginning to appreciate the brain's resilience and its capacity for renewal. We are acquiring new tools to illuminate neurological function and dysfunction; more scientists and clinicians are studying these disorders than ever before. We are, in short, on the cusp of a new era in biomedicine.
To meet this moment of opportunity, Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) conceived the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute.