Contributed by the Office of Strategic Communication at the UI Foundation

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has committed a transformational $45 million grant to the University of Iowa that will allow for the creation of a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary neuroscience center within the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The new Iowa Neuroscience Institute will conduct research to find the causes of, and preventions, treatments, and cures for, the many diseases that affect the brain and nervous system.

In recognition of the gift, the UI has requested that the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approve the permanent naming of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute at its Dec. 5 meeting. Approval of the official name ensures that no future individual or corporate name can be attached to the institute.

“The Carver Charitable Trust’s unsurpassed and unwavering support for the University of Iowa over nearly 30 years has made an indelible impact on the UI Carver College of Medicine,” says UI President Bruce Harreld. “The Carver name is forever linked with significant scientific discoveries and advanced treatments to cure diseases and transform lives. This new grant furthers that legacy, benefiting Iowans and the world.”

The Carver Charitable Trust and Roy and Lucille Carver are the largest donors to the UI, with their collective giving totaling more than $195 million. This gift from the Carver Charitable Trust also is the largest in the UI’s For Iowa. Forever More. fundraising campaign, which started in 2008 and continues through December 2016. Following Board of Regents approval, the $45 million gift will be added to the campaign total, which is currently $1.85 billion.

“This funding will provide program and endowment support that is intended to bring greater attention to the exceptional neuroscience programs already existing on campus, as well as assist in facilitating a coalescence of these programs around the newly named institute director,” says Troy Ross, executive administrator of the Carver Charitable Trust. “In addition, we anticipate that this investment will serve as a magnet, of sorts, to attract additional, accomplished investigators to the university to form an influential core group of scientists with the potential to substantially advance this emerging field of research over the next decade and beyond.”

“We are profoundly grateful to the Carver Charitable Trust for their vision and support, which allows us to continue our leadership role in biomedical discovery,” says Jean Robillard, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine. “It is a privilege to work in partnership with the Carver Charitable Trust and to embark on a new era of scientific innovation made possible through this grant.”

The $45 million grant will elevate the university’s brain research center, already one of the foremost in the world, by creating a new interdisciplinary institute and bringing together top scholars from across the UI. Researchers—including biologists, computer scientists, neuropsychologists, engineers, fundamental chemists, biochemists, geneticists, and more—will tackle some of the toughest problems in the neurosciences. The grant will support the creation and maintenance of core neuroscience laboratories; Research Programs of Excellence awarded to institute members demonstrating outstanding research leadership; and five faculty chairs, four professorships, and 10 junior-level investigators.

“As the largest donor to the UI and the largest donor to our For Iowa. Forever More.campaign, the Carver Charitable Trust has a profound impact on our university, ensuring that we remain on the forefront of medicine and discovery,” says Lynette Marshall, president and CEO of the UI Foundation. “A top priority of the For Iowa. Forever More.campaign is to ensure a healthier and more sustainable world through discoveries in medicine, and this extraordinary gift will allow us to do just that.”

For more information on the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, please visit carvertrust.org.