The University of Texas System has announced a $36 million gift from Peter and Edith O'Donnell and the O'Donnell Foundation to establish a neuroscience institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
The Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute will be dedicated to developing a better understanding of the basic molecular workings of the brain and applying its discoveries to the prevention and treatment of brain diseases and injuries. To that end, the gift will support the recruitment of global leaders in brain science and medicine, new investments in advanced technology and multidisciplinary clinical programs, and enhanced care for patients with brain disorders ranging from Alzheimer's disease to strokes, epilepsy, and psychiatric illnesses.
Longtime supporters of UTSW, the O'Donnells funded the creation of the Endowed Scholars in Medical Science in 1997 to enable the center to train and mentor the next generation of medical scientists.
"UT Southwestern draws exceptionally talented investigators to a highly collaborative, technically sophisticated environment," said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UTSW. "These investigators have consistently made groundbreaking discoveries in medicine, and now, thanks to the incredible generosity of the O’Donnell Foundation, they will be positioned to make even more dramatic advances throughout the entire realm of neuroscience."