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DENT Neuroscience Research Center

The Dent Neuroscience Research Center (DNRC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit affiliate of DENT dedicated to outcomes research and education supported by foundations, industry and personal contributions. The DNRC is focused on developing comprehensive, clinically relevant, and cost effective solutions to complex neurological problems faced in our community.

Building awareness, fostering relationships, providing support and continuous education are at the forefront of the DENT philosophy. From providing our patients with the most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment options to assisting each in the best care and coping opportunities, we aim to fulfill the needs of the whole patient. Through foundation support and exceptional faculty leadership, DNRC is able to build upon the philosophy by providing advancement, support and education to our providers and partners.

Current DNRC Foundations

  • The Dent Family Foundation – In honor of Harry M. Dent, continues to support advances in patient care in various areas of neurology
  • The Blaszczykiewicz Foundation - Dedicated to Increasing Patient Survival from Brain Tumors
  • DENT Neuro-Oncology Patient Care Fund
  • DENT MS Patient Care Fund

DNRC Leadership

  • Joseph V. Fritz, Ph.D., Chief Administrative Executive
  • Laszlo Mechtler, MD, Vice President DNI, Chief Medical Officer DNRC
  • Fran M. Gengo, Pharm.D., Chief Science Officer
  • Michelle Rainka, Pharm.D., CCRP, Board Representative
  • Harry M. Dent III, Community/ Foundation Board Representative
  • Maureen Tomczak-Griffin, Board Representative
  • Anthony Baynes, Community Board Representative

The goal of DNRC is to increase community involvement, expand board level representation from Western New York leaders, and grow our collaborations with local, national, and international scientists and healthcare business experts.

Research at DENT

We believe research that advances patient care and healing is an integral part of our mission. For over 25 years, we’ve been a leader in pharmacokinetic and clinical trials, investigating a wide range of subjects that directly impact the health of our patients.

Participating in research and clinical trials often provides an opportunity for patients to receive free medical care and medication. To learn if you might qualify, please visit Current Research Studies

For research sponsors and investigators, we offer the opportunity to partner with an experienced team of researchers engaged in cutting-edge clinical practice and research in a wide variety of neurological disciplines.

Past and current research includes studies in the following areas.

  • ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Memory Loss/Dementia
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Psychiatry
  • Stroke

Giving Opportunities

The DNRC is funded through industry grants and clinical trial contracts, foundations, and community donations. Funds support need-based deserving initiatives related to the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders in patients from around the Western New York region.

Corporate or individual donors are welcome to designate their contribution to a specific specialty fund or have it applied to the general operating needs where it is most effective. Gifts can be made in many forms, including cash donations, proceeds from community benefits, corporate contributions and matching gifts, grants, planned gifts, gifts of honor or memorials, and more.

Please contact Maria Caserta,, to find out more about how you can help support our mission to bring the most comprehensive treatments to our neighbors and their families suffering with neurological disorders.