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

ent of Neurosurgery chair and director of the Ernest J. Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute. "Yet the incidence of neurological diseases and conditions continues to rise, killing or disabling more and more patients. The Del Montes' gift positions URMC at the forefront of our battle against diseases that rob individuals of their health, independence, and dignity. I cannot thank Ernie and Thelma enough."

Rochester as a Driving Force in Neuromedicine

Rochester's contributions in the field of neuromedicine research have improved patient health, enhanced physician training, and spurred new thinking on a number of research fronts. Last year, URMC ranked sixth among the research institutes in NIH funding for neuromedicine studies. In URMC laboratories, hundreds of neuroscientists have opened up new avenues of possible treatment for conditions like muscular dystrophy and Alzheimer's disease and stroke, and they lead several worldwide efforts to find better treatments for people with Parkinson's or Huntington's disease.

But URMC neuromedicine physicians and researchers are also making a difference in Rochester, actively developing a community-wide approach to neuromedicine clinical programs. Today, Medical Center neurologists manage care at three of the city's hospitals and its neurosurgeons work out of all four of Rochester's hospitals, ensuring that all residents have consistent access to the highest standards of care and technology. The group is also working with all of the area's health systems to develop a consistent triage and treatment approach community-wide for stroke patients in an effort to decrease disability and save even more lives.

"The Institute will enhance an already strong education program in neuromedicine and help attract the best and brightest physicians and scientists to our community," Pilcher said. During the last decade, three times as many University of Rochester Sch
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