UC brain science unit launches push for own building

In a bold effort to place the University of Cincinnati’s sprawling brain-science practice under one roof, officials of the UC Neuroscience Institute announced Friday a $54.6 million campaign to build a dedicated facility for the study and treatment of disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke and epilepsy.

The new building, which officials anticipate as a major university landmark, will be constructed at 223 Piedmont Avenue, where the university-owned Piedmont Mews apartment complex now stands. A designer and builder have not been selected yet.

Institute Director Dr. Joseph Broderick said Friday ground most likely will be broken in the first six months of 2016. The building will most likely be about 100,000 square feet.

“What we’re trying to shoot for is a real home for patients with psychiatric and neurological problems, where they not only can get care but also get educated,” he said. “We hope this will be the place where people will come to learn about their particular disease or problem, and that they’ll always feel it’s a home they can return to.”

Officials from the institute, university administration and the UC College of Medicine unveiled the campaign at an evening reception Friday at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason.

The campaign’s course was set in November when the family foundation of Cintas founder James J. Gardner gave $14 million to the project. UC Foundation President Rodney Grabowski said local families and foundations have coalesced around the campaign and already raised more than $30 million.

Gary Johns, chairman of the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Foundation, said before the announcement, “We’ve got a real good start, and we think we’re going to going to close this thing and be highly successful.”

Dr. Richard Lofgren, president and chief executive officer of UC Health, said in a statement, “The funds raised in this campaign will support the three pillars of academic medicine – patient care, research and education – and will make a real difference in the lives of people today and far into the future.”

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates that 50 million Americans, about one in six, deal with neurological diseases.

The Neuroscience Institute was established in 1998 as a partnership of the UC College of Medicine and UC Health. Right now, its 11 centers and three programs are housed in several buildings around campus. More than 100 faculty members from 15 specialties run 100 active clinical trials and have received more than $120 million in grant funding since 2010.

UC Neuroscience Institute is a founding member of three elite National Institutes of Health clinical-trial networks: StrokeNet, NeuroNext and the Neurological Emergency Treatment Trials. It also is the national coordinating center for StrokeNet, which directs all NIH-funded stroke trials in the United States.

In addition to the Gardner Family Foundation, these donors have contributed to the campaign: the Farmer Family Foundation, the Anna & Harold W. Huffman Foundation, George J. Wile, Harry C. Brown, Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation, the Neurosciences Foundation, The Charles L. Shor Foundation, Miriam R. Lurie and Dorothy W. Whitaker.

To make a donation to the UC Neuroscience Institute campaign, contact the Office of Advancement, 513-558-6903.

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