Discovering How to Regain, Retain and
Increase Optimal Brain Performance
A $10-million gift pledge from Stan and Joan “Jodi” H. Ross has created the Stanley
D. and Joan H. Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance with the goal of using
neuroscience to regain, retain and increase optimal brain performance. Brain health
will be addressed in the context of disease, as well as maintenance, performance
and enhancement of function for the general population. The center will support
state-of-the-science education efforts and groundbreaking neuroscience research
at OSU as well as collaborations with neuroscientists globally.
One area of research focus is neurocapacity, the state and optimal level at which
a person’s brain can perform at any given moment. Derived from the cognitive
reserve hypothesis, it adds the dimension of how day-to-day events change optimal
functioning of the brain. If the task is demanding or there is a loss of capacity due to
fatigue, poor sleep, anxiety, stress or disease, the result will be poor performance.
Research efforts will include:
• Measuring neurocapacity by monitoring the status of the nervous system on a
• Using knowledge of neurocapacity to optimize performance; managing factors that
• Exploring how sleep and circadian biology can be optimized to more rapidly
replenish one’s reserve
• Identifying specific circuits that can be modulated to expand one’s neurocapacity.
In addition to the Ross donation, the Rudi Schulte Research Institute has awarded the center a three-year, $1-million grant to
facilitate neurocapacity research studies.
Educational efforts include evidence-based practices that promote brain health and creating a multidisciplinary forum for
exchanging ideas about brain health through an annual Brain Health and Performance Summit.
Joan H. and Stanley D. Ross
The center will investigate optimization of brain performance toward understanding how
better function contributes to both a healthy brain and the amelioration of disease processes