Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has announced a $10 million gift from university trustees Louis A. Simpson ('58) and Kimberly K. Querrey in support of personalized treatments for neurological diseases.
The gift will support the Center for Neurogenetics in the medical school's Institute for Translational Neurosciences and fund new investigations into the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to genetic neurological disorders and diseases such as Parkinson's, as well as the center's operations, seminar and symposium programs, faculty pilot studies, and the recruitment of top-notch investigators. In recognition of the gift, the center will be renamed the Simpson Querrey Center for Neurogenetics.
Longtime supporters of the university, Simpson and Querrey have awarded $10 million in support of the Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics; $2 million in support of NUGoKidney and its SciHigh Summer Program, an immersive program that provides high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds with opportunities to participate in mentored biomedical research; and $15 million for the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center.
"This tremendous gift will allow our scientists to build a platform for personalized medicine, one that will impact the lives of patients with devastating neurodegenerative diseases that today have few effective treatment options," said Eric G. Neilson, the medical school's vice president for medical affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean. "We are confident the Simpson Querrey Center for Neurogenetics will transform clinical care at Northwestern and beyond with earlier and more effective interventions. And we are incredibly appreciative of Kimberly and Lou's support."