- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Thomas Jefferson University has received a $20 million donation to expand its neuroscience center in Philadelphia.

Vickie and Jack Farber’s gift, announced Wednesday, will help unite Jefferson’s departments of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and neuroscience.

Robert Rosenwasser, president of the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience, tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that Jefferson will use the $20 million to open four new laboratories, two focusing on Lou Gehrig’s disease and two for stroke-related research.

Jefferson also plans to hire three clinical leaders, for stroke, ALS and other degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

The donation brings the Farber’s philanthropy to Jefferson to $35 million, including the Farber Fellowship, awarded since 1989.

Jefferson says Vickie Farber lost her father to ALS and her mother to Alzheimer’s disease.

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