Banner Sun Health Research Institute

About Banner Sun Health Research Institute

Since its founding in 1986, the work by scientists and physicians at Banner Sun Health Research Institute has had a significant impact on generating groundbreaking research, developing effective treatments and devising strategies for prevention of many diseases.

The Institute, together with its Arizona consortium partners, has been designated by the National Institutes of Health as one of just 31 Alzheimer’s Disease Centers in the nation. In addition, the first state-sponsored Arizona Parkinson’s Disease Center was established at Banner Sun Health Research Institute.

We provide support for the community through our lectures and support groups, and provide groundbreaking care through our Cleo Roberts Memory and Movement Disorders Center.

We help train the next generation of researchers through our summer and school-year internships. Banner Sun Health Institute contributes to research around the nation through its Brain and Body Donation Program, in which local residents donate their tissue upon death to science. More than 1,600 local residents have donated their brain or tissue through the program.

Our Research Team

Our facility is home to a stellar group of scientists and researchers, including:

  • Alireza Atri, MD, PhD, Banner Sun Health Research Institute director
  • Bryan Spann, DO, PhD - Memory Disorder Specialist
  • Tom Beach, MD, PhD - Director & Senior Scientist
  • Christine Belden, PsyD - Director of Neuropsychology
  • David Shprecher, DO, MS - Cleo Roberts Movement Disorders Center director
  • Sara Dhanani, MD - Movement Disorder Specialist

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