UT Southwestern Receives $36 Million Gift To Start Brain Institute

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The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday green-lighted the creation of a new brain institute at UT Southwestern.

The research institute was named in honor of a $36 million gift donated by the O’Donnell Foundation. The Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute UT Southwestern Medical Center will launch research projects to better understand the “basic molecular workings” of the brain then apply the findings to prevention methods to battle injuries and diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

The institute will be housed inside the Zale Lipshy University Hospital, a transition plan that UT Southwestern had in place once the new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital opened last year. That facility will become a dedicated neuroscience hospital, providing care to patients with Parkinson’s and ALS as well as acute head trauma like concussions. Patients who suffer strokes, epilepsy, tumors, and other psychiatric illnesses will receive care at Lipshy.

“UT Southwestern’s enormous talent in neuroscience and neurotechnology provides an important opportunity to invest in this critical field,” said Peter O’Donnell Jr. “The medical school consistently tackles some of the most difficult scientific challenges with enormous success, benefitting patients today and patients for generations to come.

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