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$10 Million Gift to Transform Neuromedicine at URMC
Date:5/13/2009

ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A multi-million dollar gift from one of Rochester's hometown entrepreneurs promises to launch the University of Rochester Medical Center's (URMC) neuromedicine program into a nationally recognized, comprehensive center for investigating and treating neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, muscular dystrophy, stroke, and trauma to the brain and spinal cord.

Ernest J. Del Monte, chairman of E.J. Del Monte Corporation, a Rochester-based company that owns and operates 17 hotels in New York State, chose to make the gift with his wife, Thelma, after getting to know neuromedicine leaders at the Medical Center. He's impressed that scientific studies in Rochester are providing critical insight into neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, stroke, brain tumors and injuries to the brain and spinal cord, all of which are rapidly becoming more prevalent. At a URMC news conference today, Del Monte said that his family's $10 million gift is the first installment toward what he hopes will amount to a $20 million commitment to the Institute over time. At $10 million, the Del Monte contribution is the second largest gift in the history of the Medical Center.

"Neuromedicine is one of the most promising endeavors that the University has undertaken," Del Monte said. "We have all the necessary ingredients to be successful internationally. My hope is that this gift will be the force to help scientists and clinicians collaborate seamlessly so that one day, from this Institute, the cure for Alzheimer's disease, stroke and other neurological disorders will emerge. I truly believe we can do it."

"The University of Rochester is deeply indebted to Mr. Del Monte for his extraordinary generosity," said University President Joel Seligman. "Ernie and Thelma's gift is potentially trans
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