The of has launched the public phase of a $500 million capital campaign with the announcement of a bequest of nearly $160 million from the estate of longtime supporter Muriel Block.
In recognition of the largest gift in Einstein's sixty-year history, the school will name several programs and buildings for Block, who died in 2010, and her late husband, Harold, a real estate executive and philanthropist. They include the Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Brain Research, a new interdisciplinary institute for the study of neuropsychiatric disorders; the Harold and Muriel Block Building, which will house administrative offices and additional research space; the at Einstein and Montefiore; and ten new endowed chairs, to be known as the Harold and Muriel Block Scholars.
The "Campaign to Transform Einstein," the most ambitious fundraising effort in the medical school's history, will enable it to expand its focus in areas of national priority and recruit pioneering faculty to lead groundbreaking research and education projects; the campaign has raised more than $400 million to date and is expected to exceed its goal. New initiatives to be funded by the campaign include a Center for Experimental Therapeutics that will work to accelerate the movement of potential drugs through the development pipeline; a Genome Sequencing and Analysis Initiative that addresses questions of genetics involving a wide range of diseases and also leverages the resources of the newly established ; and an education center on campus.
"I am grateful for the visionary leadership and support of Einstein's board of overseers, and for the remarkable generosity of Muriel Block and our other donors," said Allen M. Spiegel, the Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz dean of the college. "They can all take pride in Einstein as a medical school that will excel in achieving its educational and research mission."