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James and Miriam Mulva and the Mulva Family Foundation have donated $50 million to advance neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin.
“We are pleased to establish a new and innovative neurology clinic combining UT Austin’s state-of-the-art research with advanced clinical operations for these widespread and difficult diseases that impact so many people and families,” said Jim and Miriam Mulva.
The $50 million grant creates the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, which will be located at the Dell Medical School at UT Austin. The Mulva Clinic will underwrite neuroscience patient care, research and clinical operations, with a special emphasis initially on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and bipolar disorder.
“I deeply appreciate the Mulva family’s continual support of the university and especially this transformational gift for the advancement of neurosciences across many disciplines at UT Austin,” said Gregory L. Fenves, president of UT Austin. “Their generous investment to form the Mulva Clinic will enable the Dell Medical School to expand dramatically innovative clinical services for patients deeply affected by neurological disorders while also pursuing our vision for reshaping value-based health care and overall population health.”
The Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences will grow alongside the Dell Medical School, the first new medical school to be created on a top-tier, Association of American Universities-member research campus in about 50 years. Dell Med Dean Clay Johnston, himself a neurologist, said the clinic will open a new range of services and treatments to the people of Central Texas — including low-income and uninsured patients — and reinforce the school’s transformational work.
“I have spent many years caring for people with neurological and psychiatric diseases and seen the great impact they have on individuals and their families. The Mulva Clinic will make a real difference addressing these devastating health issues that have afflicted far too many people,” Johnston said. “The gift allows us to launch on a trajectory to become a world-class center for the treatment and study of these diseases, pulling together great strengths that already exist across the university and in the community. We’re looking forward to some amazing collaborations.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week a $1.2 million donation to the city’s Public Schools Athletic League from New York Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch.
The donation, made to the Fund for Public Schools, will provide 53 new certified trainers and EMTs to oversee all contact football practices at schools with varsity and junior varsity teams. As a result, nearly 3,500 high school football players will have trained personnel at their practices, helping avoid injuries, such as concussion and ensuring a swift response if a player is hurt on the field.
“For any parent, watching a child take the field is a proud moment, but no matter how old our kids get, we still worry about their safety,” said de Blasio. “This donation means thousands of our student-athletes will have extra support at practices to stay safe. We thank Steve Tisch for giving back and investing in the next generation of athletes.”
Floridian Community Bank has announced its sponsorship of the Nova Southeastern University Concussion Management Clinic, one of the largest community-based sport concussion initiatives in the state of Florida.
The clinic provides “state-of-the-art concussion management services” to the 32 public and private high schools in the Broward County Athletic Association. Services to high school students include baseline testing, education and outreach and post-injury care. These services help to advise doctors and parents the severity of a head injury, treatment needed and when the student athlete can get return to the field/court.
“We’re very happy to be working with the team at Nova Southeastern on a cause that many of us at the bank feel so strongly about,” said Bank President Lee Frankhouser. “We’ve all learned in the past few years how critically important concussion testing and treatment is, and we feel it’s a necessity to support for South Florida’s high school athletes.”