Office of Institutional Advancement

Urgency

Currently, neurological diseases and disorders are the major cause of disability and death in the United States, exacting an incalculable personal and societal toll

  • More than 10 million Americans suffer from neurodegenerative and related neurologic diseases
  • 1 in 3 seniors will die with Alzheimer’s disease
  • As many as 1 million Americans are currently living with Parkinson Disease
  • Each year, approximately 795,000 strokes are reported in the US: one every 40 seconds
  • 5,000 new cases of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s disease are diagnosed each year
  • Nearly 37 million people in the US suffer from migraines: 2-3 million of these are chronic sufferers
  • The prevalence of epilepsy is estimated to be 3 million in the US alone, with 200,000 new diagnoses each year

The incidence of these insidious diseases/disorders, which disproportionately affect the elderly, is expected to explode in the next 15 years as almost 10 million aging baby boomers enter the age range at which many of these disorders are manifested. Fortunately, the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience is at the forefront of progress on a number of scientific fronts.