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About Us

As a member of the region's only academic health system, UC Health, the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute offers its patients unparalleled access to cutting-edge research, world-class clinical trials, the most advanced technology and the latest innovations in medical treatment and care. We are also home to the nation's first teaching hospital, educating the next generation of health care professionals.

Our Vision

To be the Neuroscience Institute by which all others are measured.

Department of Neurology Funds

Harold C. Schott Endowed Brain Tumor Molecular Therapeutics Chair Fund (E101709) DONATE
Spendable disbursements will provide the funds to recruit a nationally recognized researcher to assume directorship of the UC Brain Tumor and Molecular Therapeutics Program.
Anna & Harold W. Huffman Endowed Chair in Glioblastoma Experimental Therapeutics (E101920) DONATE
To support a chair. Spendable disbursements will support the research of a proven research scientist at UC. The position will leverage existing strengths in other cancers to translate and apply to the study of glioblastoma.
Brain Tumor Center Fund (F101559) DONATE
To support the UC Brain Tumor Center.
Glioblastoma Therapeutics Research Fund (F102255) DONATE
To support glioblastoma therapeutics research.
Brain Tumor Center Marketing Fund (F102332) DONATE
To support marketing expenses for the Brain Tumor Center.
The John Forsthoefel for Glioblastoma Research Fund (F102485) DONATE
o support glioblastoma therapeutics research in the University of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center.
Content of Back, Neck and Spine Center
Content of Comprehensive Stroke Center
Content of Epilepsy Center
Content of James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders
Content of Headache and Facial Pain Center
Content of Memory Disorders Center
Content of Neurobiology Research Center
Content of Neurocritical Care Program
Content of Neuromuscular Center
Content of Neurosensory Disorders Center
Content of Neurorestorative Program
Content of Neurotrauma Center
Content of The Virgilee and Oliver W. Waddell Center for Research Education and Treatment in Multiple Sclerosis

Department of Neurosurgery Funds

Frank H. Mayfield Endowed Chair of Neurological Surgery (E100090) DONATE
To support a chair in neurological surgery.
Neurosurgery Miscellaneous Gift Fund (E101043) DONATE
To support departmental expenses.
John M. Tew MD Chair in Neurosurgical Oncology (E101587) DONATE
To support a chair in neurological oncology and used for research, education, and faculty support.
Neurosurgery Discretionary Gift Fund (F100870) DONATE
To support departmental expenses.
Ellen & Stewart B Dunsker MD Award for Clinical Research (F101525) DONATE
To support an annual competitive award in the amount of $2,000 for residency research in neurosurgery.
Professor Partnership Fund- J.A. Wilson Fund (F101727) DONATE
To be used for the research and teaching efforts of J. Adam Wilson in the Dept. of Neurosurgery.
Thoracic Cervical Vertebral Bodies Research Fund (F101767) DONATE
To be used for thoracic cervical vertebral bodies research in the COM.
Neurosurgery Research Fund (F101860) DONATE
To be used for research in the Dept. of Neurosurgery.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Funds


UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute

Neurological diseases and disorders such as stroke, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease affect millions of families each year.

The University of Cincinnati is positioned to have one of the few comprehensive neuroscience centers in the world. Through the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, UC plans to serve as the national leader in understanding and treating neurological diseases.

The UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute supports four primary areas of neurological disease:

  • Functional Neurology - movement disorders, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Cerebrovascular - stroke, aneurysm and vascular malformation.
  • Neuro-oncology - tumors of the brain, spinal cord, head and neck.
  • Neurotrauma -  injuries to the brain and central nervous system.

The Institute supports each of these programs and provides funding to enable the College of Medicine to attract top professionals and renowned leadership.

Click here to support the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute by making your generous gift today.

The following funds through the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute are also in need of your financial support. 

Please click on the fund names below to specifically designate your online gift.

  • Addiction Center Fund
    The principal goal of the Cincinnati Addiction Research Center (CinARC) is to develop a pharmacological treatment for cocaine dependence. Additional goals are to discover better treatments for opiate dependence and other addictions.
  • Adult Airway Center Fund
    This program promotes excellence in teaching and research of the adult airway.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Center Fund
    The center is devoted to conducting research to identify the causes of Alzheimer’s Disease and improve treatment for diagnosed patients.
  • Bipolar Disorder Center Fund
    The Division of Bipolar Disorders Research is devoted to conducting research to clarify the causes of bipolar disorder and improve treatment for patients with this condition.
  • Brain Tumor Center Fund
    The UC Brain Tumor Center offers hope, compassion, expertise and the world’s most advanced technologies to patients from across the region and around the world.
  • Center for Imaging Research Center Fund
    The Center for Imaging Research is a UC College of Medicine core facility dedicated to the in vivo study of human anatomy and physiology. Our primary mission is to provide imaging research capabilities to neuroscientists at UC.
  • Center for the Diseases of the Nerves and Muscles Fund
    The goal of this fund is to provide support for the basic and clinical research of the center.
  • Depression Center Fund
    The goal of this fund is to provide support for the basic and clinical research of the center.
  • Epilepsy Center Fund
    The center conducts sophisticated research, while providing comprehensive evaluation and the coordinated medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy. The center’s seven-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is the only one of its kind in Southwest Ohio.
  • Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
    The James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders treats more than 2,000 patients annually and conducts numerous laboratory and clinical research projects. It was named the first national Davis Phinney Research Center—a collaboration among universities to promote sharing of laboratory and clinical research data related to Parkinson’s disease.
  • UC Neuroscience Institute Discretionary Fund
    Funds donated to the discretionary fund of the UC Neuroscience Institute (UCNI) in Cincinnati will be distributed at the discretion of the institute, to areas in the greatest need. UCNI is a leading treatment, research and teaching center for complex neurological conditions.
  • Obesity Center Fund
    The Obesity Research Center conducts basic scientific research on the regulation of body weight and the etiology and potential treatment of obesity.
  • Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center Fund
    The UC Stroke Team has made major contributions to the areas of stroke treatment, prevention and epidemiology. Current investigations include studies in the roles of genetics and molecular biology in stroke.
  • Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis Fund
    The Waddell Center is a comprehensive and rapidly developing center that focuses on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the Greater Cincinnati area. It is a joint effort that includes the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, The Neuroscience Institute, and a community group of MS patients and relatives of patients who found a need for such a facility in the region.

Contact Information

Peggy A'Hearn
Senior Director of Development
UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute



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