UF Health receives $20 million donation from Lauren and Lee Fixel Family Foundation

Published: Jan. 18, 2019 at 5:43 PM EST
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UF Health has received a major contribution towards its campaign to fund neurological disease research.

The Lauren and Lee Fixel family foundation has donated $20 million that will be used to establish the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health. That gift was matched by the University of Florida, totaling $40 million of the $100 million dollar campaign.

The institute is focused on advancing research, technology, and clinical care for neurological diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and ALS.

"We are so excited for the number of patients that this will impact, the care model that it will bring and just the opportunity to really raise the bar to impact more lives and bring next-generation discoveries to the University of Florida," said Dr. Michael Okun of UF Neurology.

One of the primary goals of the campaign is to bring in five of the world's top neurological disease researchers and their teams, to collaborate under one roof at the institute.