The Center for Translational Neuroscience
The Center for Translational Neuroscience aims to be a center for disruptive innovation in the neuroscience area that improves quality of life, treats or even cures disease. Diseases of the brain and nervous system leave people suffering chronically for long periods of time, sometimes for life. We collaboratively discover and develop therapeutics for CNS disorders and help entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to develop them into viable enterprises through provision of coaching, consulting, and providing incubator space.
Why Neuroscience and Why now? The brain is the ‘last frontier’; many of its mysteries are revealing themselves to more and better tools. Brain diseases are also the most insidious: the silver tsunami that will encounter neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases; young adults that discover they have delusions and paranoia characteristic of schizophrenia; diseases that affect children such as autism spectrum disorders or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); and genetic diseases such as Fragile X or rare disorders such as Surge Weber Syndrome. Brain diseases are responsible for much suffering in the world – both because of the disability they cause and also because of the stigma associated with them.
Neurological and psychiatric disorders have been particularly refractory to attempts at treatment. Billions of dollars have been spent with little to show. Hence investors have become shy, even as the medical need grows.
The Center for Translational Neuroscience sees this situation as an opportunity – an opportunity for new disruptive innovation to be developed that impact these disorders. We seek to support these ‘out of the box’ ideas and develop the people behind them into smooth functioning teams worthy of investment. We seek partners with the same vision who want to help.
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
For more information about the Center contact: Sam Kongsamut, PhD