Brigham and Women's Hospital recently launched the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, which will accelerate treatment, prevention and the search for cures for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease and brain tumors.

Ann Romney, wife of politician and former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney, has lived with MS for the last 16 years. Her goal over the next year is to secure $50 million in funding for the center's scientists to research neurologic diseases. The center will be housed in the Brigham Building for the Future when it opens in 2016.

The center will be headed by Howard Weiner, MD, and Dennis Selkoe, MD.

Learn more about the Center at www.BWHAnnRomneyCenter.org.

Find coverage of the announcement in The Boston Globe.