in Philadelphia has announced a $20 million gift from philanthropists Vickie and Jack Farber to expand and strengthen the neuroscience institute that already bears their name.
The gift will enable the to expand its clinical and research programs and establish a program that organizes the institute's healthcare research by disease focus rather than department or specialty. The funds also will support an expansion of the Farber Institute's neurovascular program and provide infrastructure and funding to the , which combines basic and clinical research with personalized care for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
The latest gift brings to $35 million the Farbers' total giving to Jefferson, including a $10 million gift in 2001 from the to establish the Farber Institute for Neuroscience. "Research into these devastating neurologic diseases has been gaining momentum at Jefferson for years," said Jack Farber, "and Vickie and I chose to make this investment now because we want to be a part of the transformation which we know is in process."