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RNI Innovation Center

Innovation Center

In May 2019, the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute opened its Innovation Center to advance the Institute’s research as well as its public-private partnerships with national and international experts.

The 78,000-square-foot facility is home to the latest technology in the areas of Human Performance and Recovery, Neuromodulation, Virtual Reality, Imaging, and Neuroscience Predictive Data Analytics.  

According to President E. Gordon Gee, the RNI Innovation Center will allow the University to better serve the state and the country.  

“As a land-grant university, West Virginia University is rooted in purpose. The RNI reflects this value system, tirelessly searching for treatments that will directly affect and improve lives,” Gee said. “We take particular pride in the fact that several of the world’s inaugural clinical trials in neuroscience are occurring here in Morgantown. We are eager to share our work with a larger audience.” 

The Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute was established in 1999 by U.S. Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller. Since then, the Rockefeller family, along with many others, have made significant donations to the Institute.  

Ali Rezai, M.D., executive chair of RNI and John D. Rockefeller IV Chair in Neuroscience, said the opening of the Innovation Center furthers the Senator’s mission.  

“The establishment of the RNI and the new Innovation Center reflects the vision of Sen. Jay Rockefeller to create a world-class facility in West Virginia to help tackle some of out biggest public health challenges, such as Alzheimer’s and addiction,” Rezai said. “We are excited to showcase our partnership efforts with academic, military, and sports science and industry leaders working together at the RNI.” 

To learn more about RNI or the Innovation Center, visit  

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