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Deep brain stimulation research expands at Barrow
Date:3/9/2011

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center's Barrow Neurological Institute has received a $10.1 million donation, the largest single gift in the organization's history and one of the biggest ever given to any Arizona hospital. The one-time cash donation from philanthropist Marian H. Rochelle to St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix will be used to explore a new medical frontier for psychiatric and motor disorders by using novel treatments including advanced "deep brain stimulation."

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has previously been used almost exclusively for patients with movement disorders. The new Barrow center, called the Barrow Center for Neuromodulation, will expand its use, as well as the use of other technologies, to treat patients with a number of neurological and behavioral conditions such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, epilepsy, Tourette syndrome, addictions, autism and chronic pain.

"I have grown to appreciate all that Barrow does for patients in Arizona and around the world. This is truly a gem among neuroscience centers, and I am proud to support it," says Rochelle, whose late husband was treated at Barrow for Alzheimer's disease. "Each of us can play a role in making the new Barrow Center for Neuromodulation a beacon of hope for people with devastating neurological disorders. The doctors, nurses and scientists will give of their education, experience and skill, while we benefactors will give of the resources with which we are so richly blessed. I hope others will join me in supporting this amazing endeavor. Time is of the essence."

The new center will be located inside Barrow and will include neurosurgeons, neurologists, psychiatrists and clinical and basic researchers.

"This donation will help insure that Barrow continues as a global leader in the neurosciences," says Barrow Director Robert Spetzler, MD. "This gift will advance our understanding of the brain's pathways and the
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Contact: Lynne Reaves
lynne.reaves@chw.edu
602-406-4734
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
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