The University of Cincinnati Foundation

The University of Cincinnati Foundation

UC Neuroscience Institute (UCNI) Giving Initiatives

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 Neuroscience Institute, UC plans to serve as the national leader in understanding and treating neurological diseases.

The creation of a Neuroscience Institute at the College of Medicine will focus on supporting 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 will support each of these programs and provide funding to enable the College to attract top professionals and renowned leadership.

The Academic Health Center's Neuroscience Institute has a goal of $50 million. This amount will allow for the Institute to be housed within the newest and most up-to-date research facility in the Tri-state region.

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

The following funds through the 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Neurotrauma Center Fund
    The Center for Neurotrauma is committed to treating patients with catastrophic injuries to the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. Using the latest technologies and clinical therapies available, physicians seek to maximize patients’ chances of returning to a fully functioning life.
  • 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 Neuroscience Institute

Support the UC Neuroscience Institute through online giving