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In basic science, sometimes it takes individual benefactors like Roys Poyiadjis to fuel innovation
Date:5/31/2012

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But this model is not as practical in the realm of basic science and esoteric scientific inquiry where ROI is not as easily measured. In these areas, non-government funding may require more elusive inspiration based on personal passions – sparking the imaginations and making connections with entrepreneurs like Roys Poyiadjis. Mr. Poyiadjis' brother Alkis Poyiadjis had been referred to NYU's Dr. Rodolfo Llinás in 2000 for a pharmacologically unresponsive psychosis which had manifested suddenly in his 20s. With Llinás' guidance and surgical treatment in Switzerland, Alkis was able to make a remarkable recovery and lead a self-supporting life, without psychotic episodes.

A National Academy of Sciences member and Professor at the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience at NYU, Dr. Llinás is internationally known for his pioneering work in magnetoencephalography (MEG), a technology for measuring electrical activity within the brain. The non-invasive technique is used for mapping brain activity by recording magnetic fields produced by electrical currents within the brain.

Llinás' neuroscientific research has also contributed significantly to the medical community's understanding of how certain brain diseases arise from thalamocortical dysrhythmia, the disruption of connections between the thalamus and the cortex.

Not surprising, Dr. Llinás' lab requires the most advanced MEG device to support its diagnostic and research initiatives. In this case, it was Dr. Llinás' clinical relationship Roys Poyiadjis that provided the solution.

Motivated in part by the role Dr. Llinas played in the treatment of his brother, Roys Poyiadjis became an active advocate, business advisor and financial supporter of basic neuroscientific research at NYU, providing $1 million in funding in 2006 for the purchase of an MEG
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