Dr. Xuemei Wang, Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Neurology at Penn State College of Medicine, gestures toward a computer screen with images of a brain on it.

Department of Neurology

Ways to Give to the Department of Neurology at Penn State College of Medicine

At Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Neurology, we are getting closer every day to discovering new, more effective treatments for neurological diseases that will save the memories, minds and lives of our loved ones. Your donations help to ensure the continued progress of our world-class patient care, education and research. Support the Department of Neurology by making a gift where it is needed most or browse some of our featured funds below. All gifts make a difference.

With your help, we can continue to advance our research and provide patients with a better quality of life. Thank you for your partnership.

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About Neurology Endowments

Endowments are invested funds that draw on a portion of the investment proceeds to make a difference on an ongoing basis. The Department of Neurology has several endowments that support its educational, research, care and outreach missions.

James and Rebecca Lawson Fund for Memory and Aging

The James and Rebecca Lawson Fund for Memory and Aging supports research in memory- and dementia-related illnesses.


Joseph J. and Jean l. Cignetto Neurology Fund

The Joseph J. and Jean l. Cignetto Neurology Fund provides funds for research into the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the human brain.


Clayco Neurological Research Fund

The Clayco Neurological Research Fund at Penn State College of Medicine provides funds for neurological research to aid in a better understanding of vascular diseases, such as cerebroretinal vasculopathy (CRV).

Clayco Inc. is a real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm with offices across the U.S. CRV, a rare, incurable genetic disease, has impacted individuals close to Clayco. The Clayco Foundation established this fund to support neurological research aiming to aid understanding of CRV and other cerebrovascular diseases.


Richard B. Tenser, MD, Research and Education Endowment in Neurology

The Richard B. Tenser, MD, Research and Education Endowment in Neurology provides funds for pilot research or educational projects that will promote and advance the mission of the Department of Neurology.


Joseph Hedding Memorial Research Endowment for Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease

The Joseph Hedding Memorial Research Endowment for Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease underwrites research in neurological diseases, particularly Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, at Penn State College of Medicine.


Harriet H. and Paul G. Campbell Research Fund for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

The Harriet H. and Paul G. Campbell Research Fund for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at Penn State College of Medicine provides resources necessary to enhance ALS research, including the search for a cure and better treatment of ALS patients.


Dan R. Herkimer, MD, Neurology Research Fund

The Dan R. Herkimer, MD, Neurology Research Fund supports education and research at Hershey Medical Center in neurologic diseases, with special emphasis on cerebrovascular disorders. The fund may also be used for the application of research findings in these areas.


Milind Kothari Award for Resident Excellence in Teaching

The Milind Kothari Award for Resident Excellence in Teaching is given to Penn State College of Medicine neurology residents who are outstanding educators and play an active role in teaching medical students as part of the neurology clerkship.

Dr. Milind Kothari was a professor of neurology at Penn State College of Medicine. He served in numerous educational leadership roles at the college, including assistant dean for student affairs, and served as an advisor/mentor to many medical students.


Kothari Family Award for Excellence in Neurology

The Kothari Family Award for Excellence in Neurology is given to full-time Penn State College of Medicine students who have demonstrated excellence in the neurology clerkship, will be pursuing residency training in neurology and have shown a passion for teaching.