Neurological disorders, disease and damage to the nervous system represent an emergent crisis for which research on treatments and cures is desperately needed. The primary goal of the IND is to seek solutions to the growing number of neurological disorders occurring in the United States.
No cures, few therapies
Roughly one out of three Americans will experience a significant neurological disorder in their lifetime. Everyone is potentially affected — children born with developmental disabilities, teens playing high school sports, mothers with migraines, fathers with Huntington's disease, and our aging parents at risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. These are dehumanizing diseases that are costly not only to the affected individual, but to their families and society as a whole. There are no cures and few effective therapies.
The IND is a regional resource intended to consolidate the Kansas City area's many strengths in the clinical and basic neurosciences. The IND serves as a crucible for creating interdisciplinary teams that are able to address problems related to neurological disorders. A primary strength of the IND is its ability to respond quickly to private or government funding opportunities by being able to rapidly assemble teams of researchers that bring appropriate and often unique skills to the table.