Ernest J. Del Monte, chairman of E.J. Del Monte Corporation, and his wife, Thelma, have made a $10 million gift commitment to the University of Rochester Medical Center. The Ernest J. Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute will serve as an umbrella for a host of vibrant research centers and growing clinical care programs throughout the Medical Center and River Campus. The Del Monte Institute will be a comprehensive center for investigating and treating neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, stroke, and trauma to the brain and spinal cord.

The gift was announced at a Medical Center news conference held on May 13. Del Monte said that his family's $10 million commitment is the first installment toward what he hopes will be a gift totaling $20 million. University of Rochester leaders at the event who thanked the Del Montes and spoke about the significance of the gift commitment included President Joel Seligman;Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center; David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry; Edmund A. Hajim, chairman of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees; Webster H. Pilcher, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine and Dentistry; and Ronald L. Zarrella, chair of the Medical Center Board.

Ernest Del Monte expressed his aspiration to make a difference. "Neuromedicine is one of the most promising endeavors that the University has undertaken. We have all the necessary ingredients to be successful internationally. My hope is that this gift will be the force to help scientists and clinicians collaborate seamlessly so that one day, from this Institute, the cure for Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and other neurological disorders will emerge. I truly believe we can do it." Read more.

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Ernest J. Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute.