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Brain Trust

October 19, 2015 by  
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Highlighting Dr. Dylan Wint of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Dr. Dylan Wint

Dr. Dylan Wint specializes in neurology and psychiatry, and has been one of the leading doctors practicing at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas since 2010.

Recently, Dr. Wint, along with Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, accepted a $1.5 million donation from the Nevada Energy Foundation. “The Nevada Energy Foundation is partnering with us to help build our educational program, which is a small program here at the Ruvo Clinic — but we do a lot of good work,” said Wint. “The educational program has three components, and they are in no particular order. One part of our program is the patient and caregiver educational program, which involves teaching people who have our targeted neurological disorders — which include multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases — and caregivers about all the different facets of managing the problems that arise from these diseases. There is a patient care education program, and a continuing medical professional program for … providers. The third component is our professional education program, which involves students at schools. We teach students about brain health and the diseases that [affect people] of all ages. We are also very proud to work with all of the medical resident students from the University of Nevada School of Medicine, specializing in internal medicine and primary care. Also, we train neurology residents from Valley Hospital.”

Brain health has rapidly become one of the nation’s top health priorities. According to Wint, “The trials that we have at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health are directed at developing better diagnosis and treatments for illnesses we treat. Our trials program is largely Alzheimer’s-based. But we also have multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease trials. Both in our trials program, and others around the country, there is an underrepresentation of African-Americans. So we really need our folks to get involved in the clinical trials. Particularly, because there are a lot of studies that suggest that the rate of these diseases is higher among African- Americans. So, while you have these diseases disproportionately affecting us, we are not involved in research trials. We need to ramp up our involvement in trials, so that diagnosis and treatment reflects more people who are affected by these diseases the most — which includes African-Americans.”

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health welcomes participation in medical trials, which don’t require fees or insurance. For additional information, call the center at (702) 483-6000.

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