UW Medicine Receives $50 Million for Brain Health Institute

UW Medicine Receives $50 Million for Brain Health Institute

The University of Washington School of Medicine has announced a $50 million gift from Lynn and Mike Garvey to establish the Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions.

With the goal of driving new treatments for brain disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress, addiction, and Alzheimer's, the institute will offer an interdisciplinary training program for students, clinicians, and researchers and will undertake flagship projects in three areas: cognitive aging and brain wellness, the effects of physical and emotional trauma on the brain, and addiction.

The Garveys' gift was inspired in part by a $225 million state investment in the UW Medicine Behavioral Health Teaching Facility. "Lynn and I were impressed with the legislature's commitment to funding UW Medicine's new behavioral health teaching facility," said Mike Garvey, who helped establish the Saltchuk family of transportation and distribution companies in the 1980s. "We took it as a timely sign that we should make our own contribution — helping to create a strong public-private partnership."

"Through their gift, the Garveys are showing their strong belief in UW Medicine's ability to improve brain health and mental health for our city, for our region, and for the world," said Jürgen Unützer, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UW School of Medicine. "The new institute will bring together scientists, patients, families, and our community to help those struggling with brain disorders."

"$50 Million Gift Is Foundation for Brain Disorders Research." University of Washington Medicine Press Release 10/03/2019.