Founding Gift

The foundational $50 million gift to establish the Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions was made by local philanthropists Lynn and Mike Garvey.

“At some point, almost every family is affected by a brain health problem such as depression, Alzheimer’s disease or addiction,” said Lynn Garvey. “These diseases are so common and so devastating, and we wanted to do something to help.”

The Garvey Institute will build on existing brain health research and clinical programs with a goal of enhancing diagnostic capabilities and developing fast-track treatments for patients. The gift will fund an interdisciplinary training program for students, clinicians and researchers as well as a patient and family engagement and support team. It will also fund leadership positions, provide resources for operations and help support the creation of a space to bring the institute’s collaborators together.

“Through their gift, the Garveys are showing their strong belief in UW Medicine’s ability to improve brain health and mental health for our city, for our region, and for the world,” said Dr. Jürgen Unützer, professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “The new institute will bring together scientists, patients, families and our community to help those struggling with brain disorders.”

”These new programs will change the future of mental health and brain health in our region and beyond,” said Unützer.

“Our previous philanthropic investments at UW Medicine have had real impact,” said Mike Garvey. “This gift may be the most important thing we can do to invest in the well-being of our community.”

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