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Our Funding

The UR Brain Mapping Program is made possible by philanthropic contributions, institutional support from the University of Rochester Medical School, and research grants from the National Institute of Health (NINDS grants NS089609,  NS076176; NEI grant R01EY028535) and the National Science foundation (1349042) to Drs. Brad Mahon and Webster Pilcher.

Because our funding model draws on philanthropic support, institutional investment, and federal funding, personalized brain mapping is provided with no cost to patients and without billing to insurance.

The UR Brain Mapping program was established with generous support from Norman and Arlene Leenhouts

As a couple, Norman and Arlene Leenhouts were deeply committed to advancing neuroscience and stroke care at URMC. They had a strong desire to help us develop cutting-edge research and clinical programs to improve outcomes and reduce suffering in patients with stroke and brain tumors.

The Leenhoutses were generous supporters of the Department of Neurosurgery, and their impact will be felt in the Rochester community and beyond for many years to come. They established the Leenhouts Family Endowment for Stroke Care and Recovery to support research, clinical and educational programs.

They provided seed money for a pilot study aimed at maximizing neurological function after a brain lesion—through pre-surgical brain mapping—that ultimately led to millions of dollars in grant funding. Their generosity also created the Leenhouts Family Lectureship Fund in the Department of Neurosurgery, which focuses on stroke research, clinical care, and recovery. Additionally, the Leenhoutses supported the Joseph V. McDonald and Shige-Hisa Okawara Neurosurgical Resident Education Fund, the Department of Neurosurgery Annual Fund, the Neurosurgery Neuroimaging Partnership, the Stroke Treatment Alliance of Rochester, as well as several other areas across the University.



Head for the Cure Foundation

We are pleased to announce a partnership with the Head for the Cure Foundation with the first event to be held in the spring of 2020. The mission of Head for the Cure is to raise awareness and funding to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers and other supporters, while celebrating their courage, spirit and energy. 

In order to continue to explore new research opportunities and enhance our translational brain mapping program, personal philanthropy is necessary and welcome.  For more information on how your gift can make an impact:

Please contact James O’Brien at 585-276-6877 or