Home—The George and Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience

Discovering treatments and cures for neurodegenerative diseases


The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary research center focused on discovering and developing disease-modifying therapies for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. 

Our vision is to be a local and national center of excellence dedicated to the eradication of neurodegenerative diseases.

Our Work

Our search for cures and treatments for neurodegenerative disease combines three powerful approaches:

Bench: Research into what triggers the atrophy and death of neural cells and systems in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and other diseases.

Bridge: Converting scientific discoveries into potential therapies.

Bedside: Shepherding promising therapies into the clinical trial process.

Our Partners

Collaboration is vital to finding and developing therapies. 

Research collaborations with scientists and clinicians at universities and hospital systems across Rhode Island and beyond.

Public-private partnerships with entrepreneurs and biotech startups.

Outreach and education within URI and also by engaging with the public through events, conferences, and support organizations.

The image above shows a portion of a mouse brain stained to reveal hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease—beta-amyloid plaques, in blue, interspersed among neurons (green) and blood vessels (red). Credit: Alvin Gogineni, Genentech / National Institutes of Health. Source.

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