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June 27, 2013

Neuro center names director, sets open house

GREENVILLE — Greenville Neuromodulation Center announced Thursday that Dr. Erwin Montgomery Jr., a movement disorders neurologist and researcher who has treated more than 10,000 Parkinson’s patients, will lead research, patient outreach and professional development as the new medical director of the Greenville Neuromodulation Center.

Montgomery’s “work is critical to the mission of GNC and will benefit patients worldwide through consulting and web-based services,” said Tim Williams, GNC board vice president.

“We’re also happy to announce that his service to the community will include an appointment as the Greenville Neuromodulation Scholar of Neuroscience and Philosophy at Thiel College.” GNC has a long-standing association with Thiel, helping to establish the neuroscience bachelor of arts program in 2009 and expand the research laboratories on campus.

Montgomery is a fellowship trained movement disorders specialist who has established deep brain stimulation programs at major medical centers and universities throughout the United States. He is considered a leading authority on movement disorders and DBS programming.

“Neuromodulation can be life-changing for patients who have suffered with tremor, rigidity and dystonia, as well as for the medical team leading their treatment. At heart, I am a practitioner and academic who looks forward to training professionals from every corner of the globe right here in Greenville,” stated Montgomery.

GNC is the only center exclusively dedicated to the advancement of neuromodulation therapies, including DBS, for adults with chronic neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. Neuromodulation therapy targets abnormal nerve activity with therapeutic agents including medication and electricity delivered using advanced technology and often by implantable systems.

Located in Greenville’s historic Packard Building, renovations are under way that retain the structure’s historic charm while preparing it to host a state-of-the-art, nonprofit research, training and medical facility.

“We feel fortunate to have GNC right here in Greenville,” said Jim Lowry, Greenville Area Economic Development Corp. “Together, we are working to build a bio-tech hub with medical device, pharmaceutical and other bio-tech partners. This is just the start.”   

From 4 to 6 p.m. July 8, the  public can preview GNC’s renovations at the Packard Building, 179 Main St. The official grand opening is in September.

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