Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for BRAIN


The Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Bioinformatics Research and Imaging for Neurosciences (BRAIN) at Houston Methodist is working toward the cures for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders by developing and integrating new bioinformatics, bioimaging, artificial intelligence, systems biology, experimental neuroscience, and bioengineering methods for the central nervous system. Made possible by a generous gift from the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation, the center aims to translate research findings into clinical diagnosis and therapies quickly and effectively using a comprehensive, systems medicine paradigm.

Research focus areas:


  • Find detection and cures for Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders that operate through similar or related mechanisms.

  • Apply bioinformatics, bioimaging, bioengineering, artificial intelligence, and neurobiology methodologies to study multi-scale, multi-modal big data produced throughout the neuroscience community.

  • Develop new methods and technologies to manage and treat neurodegeneration and other neurological disorders.

Whereas our ultimate goal is simple — to understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease and find a cure for the disease — this represents a far too complex and urgent problem for any one group to tackle. To date, the Chao Center for BRAIN at Houston Methodist has developed working relationships with dozens of research centers and researchers throughout the country. Director Stephen Wong, PhD, PE, partners closely with the Nantz National Alzheimer Center and Houston Methodist Neurological Institute as well as Cure Alzheimer’s Fund in leading this effort of translational research from bench to bedside and back.


The Chao BRAIN Center operates five research programs, including: (1) Alzheimer’s Disease/Parkinson’s Disease (AD/PD) Mechanisms and Therapeutics, (2) Stroke Detection and Diagnosis, (3) Brain Tumor Mechanisms and Therapeutics, (4) Neuronal Imaging, (5) Digital NeuroHealth.


Contact Information
Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for BRAIN
Houston Methodist
6670 Bertner Ave., R6-South
Houston, TX 77030