The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has announced a $10 million gift from the Hamon Charitable Foundation to help create a translational Alzheimer's research center within the university's Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute.
The gift will establish an endowment in support of the Laura and Jack Roach Center for Translational Research in Alzheimer's Disease, with the goal of advancing discoveries with the potential to improve the treatment of Alzheimer's. The Hamon Foundation created the endowment to honor the Roaches after Laura Roach was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Jack Roach, a practicing lawyer for sixty-six years, has served as an officer of the Hamon Charitable Foundation since its creation and as a trustee of Southwestern Medical Foundation for nearly forty years.
The foundation's longtime support of UT Southwestern includes a $25 million donation that established the Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research, the Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Center for Basic Research in Cancer, as well as two distinguished chairs in those fields; $15 million in support of neuroimaging initiatives at the O'Donnell Institute's Advanced Imaging Research Center; $10 million for the Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine; and $1 million for the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital.
"Already, work at UT Southwestern is leading to promising new therapies for Alzheimer's disease," said UT Southwestern president Daniel K. Podolsky. "A strengthened translational research program will bridge the gap between scientific discovery and clinical care and accelerate progression between today's medical challenges and tomorrow's cures."