Neuroscience Research at OHSU Brain Institute Gives Hope
There are more than 1000 neurological (brain and nervous system) disorders. Every year, more than 50 million people are diagnosed with a neurological disorder. Neurological disorders affect people of every age, but are more common in people older than 50.
As the U.S. population gets older, a higher percentage of people will be affected by neurological disorders. One in three of us will have a brain or nervous system disorder sometime in our lives.
Because so many people have neurological disorders, research to prevent, treat or cure themis essential. At the OHSU Brain Institute, we bring doctors, laboratory scientists and neurological experts together to develop advanced treatments and prevention strategies.
Neuroscience research at the OHSU Brain Institute and other centers helps prevent disability and reduce healthcare costs. Did you know that neurological problems are the leading cause of disability in the United States? Or that more people are hospitalized or need long-term care for neurological disorders than for all other disorders combined?
The cost of treating neurological disorders is more than $500 billion every year. For example, pain - a neurological disorder - is the number one cause of all doctor visits. Researchers at the OHSU Brain Institute are developing new nervous system and brain treatments to reduce these disabling disorders and their toll on people’s lives.
We are what we eat
A study led by OHSU Brain Institute's Gene Bowman found that elderly people with diets high in vitamins B, C, D, and E and in omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have the brain shrinkage and other abnormalities associated with Alzheimer's disease than people whose diets aren't high in those nutrients. Read more