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Center Announces New Appointment, Kicks Off Research Funding Campaign

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Novi, Mich. – The Center for Neurological Studies (CNS) announces the appointment of Jeff Leighton as Director of Business Development. The announcement was made by CNS CEO John Russell in advance of CNS’s $5 million funding campaign for research into brain injuries and neurological disorders.

“This is a turning point for CNS to the benefit of the millions of people who suffer traumatic brain injuries,” said Russell. “Jeff brings the knowledge and expertise we need to achieve our research aims.”

Leighton is a doctoral candidate in Cognitive Psychology and has held CFO positions in the finance and healthcare industries. He said CNS’s fundraising campaign will focus on research using the most advanced brain imaging available, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI). Research plans are to use both imaging types with subjects who’ve experienced mild- to moderate-traumatic brain injuries, Autism, and other neurologic problems. CNS recently presented original research on brain imaging to an area meeting of biomedical engineers, he said.

“CNS is a recognized leader in advanced brain imaging,” said Leighton. “As the brain is the last medical frontier, our research will allow us to use these techniques in new and interesting ways – to the benefit of patients and their families.”

Founded in 2011, the objective of the non-profit CNS is to advance scientific research for neurovascular disease. The Center hosts patients from around the world who seek an accurate diagnosis using advanced neuroimaging techniques, especially in cases of mild- to moderate-traumatic brain injury. For information on CNS at its research funding campaign, call (313) 228-0930 or visit


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NOTE TO EDITORS: CNS staff are available for interview on brain injuries and brain-related diseases. Topics may include concussions in sports, help for caregivers of loved ones suffering brain disease and concussions among combat veterans. Reach CNS at (313) 228-0930.

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