URI Neuroscience Institute Hires First Director

The University of Rhode Island’s new neuroscience institute has hired its first director. She is Paula Grammas, formerly head of the Garrison Institute on Aging at Texas Tech University. Grammas will also teach neuroscience. Tom Ryan and his family gave $15 million dollars to URI to launch the neuroscience institute. It’s the largest private donation in the institution’s history.  Rhode Island has established several centers for brain research in the past few years, attracting federal and private funding. A shared goal is to improve scientists’ understanding of Alzheimers and other brain diseases.

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