Geisel School of Medicine Receives $6.25 Million Gift


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The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth has received a $6.25 million gift from the estate of Susan Diamond, formerly of Omaha, Neb., to support research in neurology.

Susan Diamond (Photo courtesy of the Geisel School of Medicine)

A long-time resident of Omaha, Diamond had no direct heirs and no siblings. Her desire to contribute to advancing research in neurology was likely born out of her mother’s long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, beginning in the mid-1960s. During the 20 years that she cared for her ailing mother, Diamond did extensive research on where the leading neuroscience research was being done, which likely led her to Geisel.

“We are honored and humbled by Ms. Diamond’s investment in the excellent neuroscience research being conducted at the medical school,” says Wiley “Chip” Souba, Geisel’s dean. “I did not know Susan Diamond, but her confidence in our ability to find new answers to debilitating neurological diseases will continue to inspire and drive our work. Making new discoveries that improve lives will be the best way to honor her example and passion.”

“Ms. Diamond’s transformative gift will allow us to expand our neurology faculty and more rapidly translate discoveries made in the lab into better clinical care for our patients with neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s,” says Jeffrey Cohen, interim chair of Geisel’s Department of Neurology.

The department has ongoing research and expertise in several progressive, disabling neurological diseases, especially Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), dementia, epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, sleep disorders, and stroke.

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