New Gladys Monroy and Larry Marks Center for Brain Disorders
(L-R): Larry Marks, Prof. Yoram Groner, and Gladys Monroy
The new Gladys Monroy and Larry Marks Center for Brain Disorders, headed by Prof. Alon Chen of the Department of Neurobiology, was celebrated at a luncheon during the International Board. Gladys Monroy and Larry Marks are co-chairs of the American Committee’s Bay Area region; as regional leaders, they have spearheaded efforts to develop philanthropic support for the Weizmann Institute. “To make the next big jump forward in brain research,” said Prof. Chen, “we need to not only have the most brilliant neuroscientists on the planet and recruit those who aren’t already here. But we also need the right infrastructure and a multidisciplinary approach. The new Center for Brain Disorders will accelerate our progress.”
Larry Marks remarked that part of their impetus for the gift was the knowledge that some of their friends were affected by neurodegenerative diseases, adding, “We have witnessed the devastation these diseases have on patients and their families.”
“Why do we support Weizmann? Because of its curiosity-driven approach, the atmosphere that fosters collaboration, and the extraordinary PIs and their teams,” said Gladys Monroy, a scientist and leading patent lawyer who first came to know the Institute when she and Prof. Yoram Groner were postdoctoral fellows together at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.