Generous Gift Kicks Off Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute

Ernest J. Del Monte

A hometown entrepreneur, Ernest J. Del Monte, donated $10 million for a new neuroscience research and treatment center. The funds were the first installment toward what he hopes will be a $20 million commitment to the University over time. The Ernest J. Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute encompasses many vibrant research initiatives and growing clinical neurology programs. Eventually, some programs and laboratories will be consolidated in closer proximity to one another, unifying research efforts and providing a central resource for regional physicians who treat patients with neurological disorders. Medical Center leaders believe the gift will transform the effort to bring new discoveries to the patient quicker, as it will foster better collaboration among scientists and clinicians.

The Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute focuses on four major programs already well-established at URMC: Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, spinal cord and brain injuries, and brain tumors. The goal is to give patients a more streamlined and coordinated care plan, as physicians and others from different disciplines pool their resources to offer the latest diagnostic equipment, early intervention programs, access to clinical trials, and even family support group programs.

Our track record in neuromedicine is firmly set. URMC neurology investigators are national and worldwide leaders in finding better treatments for people with Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, and stroke. In the Rochester area, our neurologists manage care at three of the city’s hospitals and our neurosurgeons work out of all four local hospitals, ensuring that residents have consistent access to the highest standards of care and technology. The Del Monte Institute will enhance that effort, by accelerating research progress and allowing URMC to continue to attract the best in the field.