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Our Goals

The near-term goal of the Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience is to open the Adaptive Technology and Smart Home Center, ensuring a safe and accessible entrance to the facility. Without this physical location and entry point, there is no central hub or welcoming center for those interested in learning about the Institute and adaptive technologies. Our immediate goal is to open the doors to the facility by fall 2020, allowing the Institute to begin educating patients and families on the various types of technologies available. Demolition of the building will begin in spring 2020.

Looking further ahead, the overarching goals of the Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience are as follows:
Goal 1: Develop innovative adaptive technologies to enhance the quality of life of patients with neurodegenerative diseases

  • Objective 1: Provide training and support for patients and their caregivers in the use of adaptive technologies.
  • Objective 2: Develop prototypes of adaptive technologies for patients to test and evaluate.
  • Objective 3: Develop “smart home” technologies that enhance the quality of life of patients and their caregivers.

Goal 2: Act as a hub for area medical providers to provide coordinated clinical care for patients with neurodegenerative diseases

  • Objective 1: Partner with community health care providers to leverage and consolidate expertise.
  • Objective 2: Provide patient-centered, team-based clinical services for patients with neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Objective 3: Offer patients and their caregivers the opportunity to participate in clinical research studies.

Goal 3: Partner with community stakeholders to provide outreach and education about neurodegenerative diseases and available supports and technologies

  • Objective 1: Engage with community patient support groups to identify needs and service gaps.
  • Objective 2: Act as clearinghouse for local and national support services for patients and caregivers.
  • Objective 3: Provide access to existing and innovative technologies for patients and caregivers to test and model.

Goal 4: Promote collaborative, interdisciplinary research to transform our understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases

  • Objective 1: Create new faculty positions, fellowships and scholarships for WSU faculty and trainees working in discovery-based research areas relevant to neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Objective 2: Provide seed grants to current WSU faculty to support research in fields relevant to neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Objective 3: Establish a state-of-the-art facility that will house new laboratories, core facilities and clinical research space.

Find Us

Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience
325 E. Sprague Ave.
Spokane, WA

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Questions? Contact Brooke Ledeboer, Director of Development at WSU Health Sciences Spokane, by email or at 509-324-7202.