You know them. You've heard of them. The terms have become all too familiar elements of our modern lexicon. Disorders with names: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, Tourette's and Lou Gehrig's. The hard to pronounce and harder to understand: Multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, quadraplegia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism. The perhaps personally familiar: chronic pain, migraine, depression, epilepsy, addiction. Their prevalence in our population makes it a virtual certainty that either you or someone you know has experienced one or more of them. All are disorders impacting function of the nervous system and, unfortunately, for which therapies remain inadequate, marginal or nonexistent.
Those who suffer from them are rarely lone victims, rather families of victims as the emotional cost of neurological and psychiatric disorders of one can impact many. How do we improve prospects for people and their families experiencing these and other disorders? We believe that biomedical research into the basic mechanisms of nervous system function and dysfunction is a start. Through research comes understanding. Through understanding comes therapeutic potential. Through therapeutic potential comes discovery of drugs, prosthetics, and eventually cures.
The activities of the SNRI in research and training are focused on particular areas of emphasis reflecting our strengths and expertise. To advance these areas or to develop new research programs, we continually compete for funding by government and private agencies for financial support. Proudly, the recognized quality of our people and research is often rewarded by securing research grants and contracts. This support is, however, limited, restricting our areas of endeavor.
How can you help? Just as the vision and generosity of Paul and Carole Stark served to launch the SNRI, so too can your support further advance the progress of our research and training. In considering ways you might become involved, we have developed specific opportunities for contributing. While these opportunities represent our best chances for progress through research at the SNRI, we would certainly like to hear about your ideas as well.
For more information, please contact us at...
Stark Neurosciences Research Institute
Indiana University School of Medicine
Neuroscience Research Building
320 W. 15th Street, NB-414
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2266