Vladimir Zelman, MD, PhD, clinical professor of anesthesiology (part-time) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and Charles Liu, MD, PhD, professor of clinical neurological surgery and neurology at the Keck School and director of the USC Neurorestoration Center, recently marked the creation of the Center for Neurobiology and Brain Restoration at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, also known as Skoltech, in Moscow.

The Keck School faculty members were joined by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev; Andrei Pokrovsky, MD, PhD, director of the Zelman Institute of Medicine and Psychology of Novosibirsk State University; and Alexander Kuleshov, president of Skoltech, for the ceremony.

The center was established as a result of cooperation between researchers from the three universities and was recognized on Sept. 1 during Knowledge Day, which is celebrated across Russia as the start of the new academic year.

USC has a history of partnerships with Russian universities, most recently when Zelman spearheaded a collaboration between Novosibirsk State University and the Keck School to establish the ZELMAN (Zeal, Education, Labor, for MANkind) project.