The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (officially it’s the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health) opened here in Las Vegas nearly 3 years ago on May 21, 2010. The building was designed by architect Frank Gehry, who, according to this article in the Architect’s Newspaper, and this article in the Architect Magazine, had vowed never to build in Las Vegas. But Larry Ruvo was persuasive, promising to give Gehry free rein in his design and also noting that it was in a good cause, the study of Alheizmer’s disease. Ruvo had lost his father, Lou Ruvo, to the disease. Gehry asked Ruvo to expand the research to include Huntington’s Disease; the two men agreed, and as a result, we now have in Las Vegas a premier institute of brain research and a striking example of modern architecture.
Local wags have observed that such a modernistic, curved, almost bizarre structure might not be the place you would want to go if you had a problem with your brain. But mostly it is a source of pride in the community, not to mention a magnet for photographers, who have found the subject an irresistible one.
It’s really pretty amazing to have this wonderful institution here in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is not a place that springs to mind when you think of medical care. While it does have a dental program, UNLV does not offer medical degrees — aspiring medical doctors must go to UNR in Reno.
The center is dedicated to the pursuit of more effective treatments for brain diseases and to the provision of state-of-the-art care for patients affected by these diseases and their families. The main campus is in Cleveland, Ohio. The Las Vegas center performs research and also provides treatment for various brain disorders including Alheizmer’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and many others.
The Center’s fundraising arm is the Keep Memory Alive foundation, which sponsors the Power of Love event each year here in Las Vegas, a star-studded gala that attracts philanthropists and celebrities like Steve Wynn, Muhammad Ali, George Clooney, Michael Caine, Quincy Jones, and many, many more.
Here are some more links to where you can learn more about the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:
Until next time,
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