Neuroscience—understanding the mysteries of the brain and the nervous system—is a top priority for scientists, physicians, funders, and government agencies. From seeking cures for neurodegenerative and neurological diseases and disorders to addressing mental illness, drug addiction, and substance abuse and developing effective treatments for brain injuries, neuroscience has emerged as a compelling scientific and medical frontier. Moreover, it has become increasingly clear that research and education in neuroscience is important to the health, well-being, and even the prosperity of society.
Seizing on this opportunity, Tom and Cathy Ryan have partnered with the University of Rhode Island to create the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience. This new research institute will capitalize on the recently established Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program (INP) at the University of Rhode Island, where faculty are actively involved in a wide range of neuroscience research and a new interdisciplinary neuroscience doctoral program. Research at the Ryan Institute, complementing and enhancing existing research at URI, will focus on discovering therapies and preventative approaches to combat neurodegenerative diseases.