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Vickie and Jack Farber $20 Million Gift to Jefferson's Farber Institute for Neuroscience

04/12/16

The Farber Institute for Neuroscience is now the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience, which more personally honors our healthcare visionaries. The newly named institute features a new structure that spans the Jefferson enterprise – and includes Jefferson’s departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience; Abington Neurosciences; and Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience.

With an overwhelmingly generous gift of $20 million, Vickie and Jack Farber are now making it possible for Jefferson to embark on an even more optimistic future for neuroscience research and patient care.

“This amazing gift is helping Jefferson accelerate our translation of research into new treatments and minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures for neurodegenerative and other devastating disorders,” said Dr. Klasko.

“With this funding, our Institute (formerly the Farber Institute for Neuroscience) receives a new name -- the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience -- that more personally honors our healthcare visionaries and a new organizational structure that spans the enterprise, bringing together the groundbreaking scientific brainpower of our researchers and the advanced patient care from our sought-after specialists,” he said.

The Farbers: Their Vision and Legacy of Generosity

Vickie and Jack Farber are longtime supporters of Jefferson. In 2001, The Farber Family Foundation, Inc. gave Jefferson $10 million to establish a neurosciences research institute; it was one of the largest gifts that Thomas Jefferson University had ever received. Their philanthropic investments, now totaling $35 million, have supported the former Farber Institute for Neuroscience, the Frances and Joseph Weinberg Unit for ALS Research, and numerous endowed professorships, scholarships and more. Their generosity has inspired researchers and clinicians alike to push the boundaries of scientific discovery, education and treatment for neurodegenerative diseases.

“Jack’s steady hand on our Board of Trustees, the Executive Advisory Board of the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience and numerous executive committees, has contributed to making Jefferson a healthcare leader,” added Dr. Klasko. “Vickie’s dedication and unwavering fight against debilitating neurological disorders has served as a powerful inspiration to our physicians, students, faculty and patients. Together, their dedication and commitment to Jefferson is unparalleled, and we are extremely grateful for their continued generosity.”

About the Institute’s Leadership and Structure

Leading the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience is its new president, Robert H. Rosenwasser, MD, FACS, FAHA, the Jewell L. Osterholm, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Professor of Radiology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. The Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience is now home to:

  • Jefferson’s departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  • Abington Neurosciences (formerly Abington Neurosciences Institute)
  • Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience (the area’s only dedicated hospital for neuroscience)

Jefferson’s expansion and integration of our services through the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience is creating a seamless, multidisciplinary approach, with tremendous opportunities to find effective treatments and preventive therapies -- maybe even cures -- for ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other life-altering neurodegenerative diseases.