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

formative. The Medical Center has long been among the nation's leaders in neuroscience, but this gift will allow us to amplify our federal research funding, teaching, and clinical programs for those suffering from some of today's most debilitating illnesses, conditions that will afflict even more of us in the decades to come."

A Unifying Force

The Ernest J. Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute will serve as an umbrella for a host of vibrant research centers and growing clinical care programs throughout the Medical Center and River Campus. The gift will allow the Medical Center to create an Institute with new research space and branding that unifies some of its most productive science, in a field that is central to its new strategic plan. It will also galvanize physicians across the region who treat patients with neurological conditions.

"The Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute will foster collaboration among researchers, and between scientists and physicians, closing the gap between what we know and what we practice," said URMC CEO Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D. "With the Del Montes' gift, URMC can create an environment that maximizes our current strengths and attracts other leaders in the field of neuromedicine to Rochester."

The Ernest J. Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute will focus initially on four major programs already well-established at the Medical Center: Alzheimer's disease, stroke, spinal cord and brain injuries, and brain tumors. For example, soon, patients with Alzheimer's will experience a more streamlined and coordinated care plan in Rochester, as physicians and others from different disciplines pool their resources to offer the latest diagnostic equipment, early intervention programs, access to clinical trials, and even family support group programs.

Heralding the Gift

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