The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute is a unique, independent, non-profit institute dedicated to the study of both memory and memory disorders. Its mission is to:
- Expand and advance state-of-the-art scientific research of memory and memory disorders for purposes of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Promote translation of resulting discoveries to practical medical applications.
BRNI is operated in alliance with West Virginia University in Morgantown, as well as in collaboration with other academic institutions. The Institute was founded in 1999 in memory of Blanchette Ferry Hooker Rockefeller, the mother of U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV who died of Alzheimer's disease.
Memory is, in many ways, what makes us human. It is how we define ourselves, structure our lives, form our families and social organizations, and share and advance art, science, and technology.