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WVU to acquire institute founded by Rockefellers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University has agreed to acquire the assets and name of the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute to continue the important research to battle Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

BRNI filed Thursday for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code.

The Institute was founded in 1999 and named for then-U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s mother, who died from complications of Alzheimer’s.

“I am happy that West Virginia University, which has collaborated with the Institute since the beginning, is stepping forward to continue the battle against Alzheimer’s and similar diseases,” Rockefeller said. “Obviously my family has a special interest in seeing this horrible disease defeated so that others don’t have to go through the pain of watching your mother inexorably taken away from you.”

Under a letter of agreement between WVU and BRNI, WVU would consolidate all of its neurosciences research under a new WVU Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute…

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