New Vegas center aims to cure Alzheimer’s

Andrew Van Dam

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Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Marshall Allen of the Las Vegas Sun covered the planned opening of Cleveland Clinic Lou Revo Center for Brain Health. When it opens later this year, the center’s 65,000-square-foot building, designed by architect Frank Gehry, will provide space for both researchers and patients in an effort to battle Alzheimer’s disease.

The $100 million facility … looks on the outside like five stories of stacked — and not perfectly aligned — building blocks. It houses 27 patient suites suitable for examinations and interviews, a blood lab, neuroimaging rooms and research labs. The facility will be a one-stop shop with every service necessary for patients with brain disorders and their caregivers.

The center’s research and clinical side will be run by the Cleveland Clinic, a top-ranked national hospital known for research and attention to patient comfort. The Cleveland Clinic is partnering with the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute, giving “both groups the ability to tackle neurological degeneration in a new way.”

Funds for the project were raised by Vegas businessman and philanthropist Larry Ruvo, who became involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s when the disease claimed his father, Lou Ruvo, in 1994. Allen writes that “Ruvo wants to make Las Vegas – which has a dismal reputation for health care – the world leader in dementia and Alzheimer’s clinical care and research.”

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