UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute

“Thank you for telling me what you have done, but tell me where you are going. How are you going to be the best?” —James “Jim” Gardner
In 2005, Joan Farmer Gardner was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Her husband Jim, a former Cintas executive, made it his life’s mission to eradicate the disease. In 2013, Jim passed away, but his work lives on.
The University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute now bears the family name. Game-changing discoveries are on the horizon. Top doctors proudly call the institute home. Construction begins on a best-in-class facility designed for patients by patients.
We are poised to make Jim proud—to be the best—but we need your help to support patient care, research, education and the new facility. Together, we have an opportunity to change so many lives. Join us.

Click on the fund names below to support key initiatives at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

  • New Building Fund
    Construction is underway on a new, state-of-the-art building to transform the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute into the nation’s premier destination for neurologic and psychiatric care, research and education. Our new home is unique in that it is being designed for patients by patients.
  • Addiction Center Fund
    The principal goal of the Cincinnati Addiction Research Center (CinARC) is to develop a pharmacological treatment for cocaine dependence. Additional goals are to discover better treatments for opiate dependence and other addictions.
  • Adult Airway Center Fund
    This program promotes excellence in teaching and research of the adult airway.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Center Fund
    The center is devoted to conducting research to identify the causes of Alzheimer’s Disease and improve treatment for diagnosed patients.
  • Bipolar Disorder Center Fund
    The Division of Bipolar Disorders Research is devoted to conducting research to clarify the causes of bipolar disorder and improve treatment for patients with this condition.
  • Brain Tumor Center Fund
    The UC Brain Tumor Center offers hope, compassion, expertise and the world’s most advanced technologies to patients from across the region and around the world.
  • Center for Imaging Research Center Fund
    The Center for Imaging Research is a UC College of Medicine core facility dedicated to the in vivo study of human anatomy and physiology. Our primary mission is to provide imaging research capabilities to neuroscientists at UC.
  • Center for the Diseases of the Nerves and Muscles Fund
    The goal of this fund is to provide support for the basic and clinical research of the center.
  • Depression Center Fund
    The goal of this fund is to provide support for the basic and clinical research of the center.
  • Epilepsy Center Fund
    The center conducts sophisticated research, while providing comprehensive evaluation and the coordinated medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy. The center’s seven-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is the only one of its kind in Southwest Ohio.
  • Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
    The James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders treats more than 2,000 patients annually and conducts numerous laboratory and clinical research projects. It was named the first national Davis Phinney Research Center—a collaboration among universities to promote sharing of laboratory and clinical research data related to Parkinson’s disease.
  • UC Neuroscience Institute Discretionary Fund
    Funds donated to the discretionary fund of the UC Neuroscience Institute (UCNI) in Cincinnati will be distributed at the discretion of the institute, to areas in the greatest need. UCNI is a leading treatment, research and teaching center for complex neurological conditions.
  • Obesity Center Fund
    The Obesity Research Center conducts basic scientific research on the regulation of body weight and the etiology and potential treatment of obesity.
  • Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center Fund
    The UC Stroke Team has made major contributions to the areas of stroke treatment, prevention and epidemiology. Current investigations include studies in the roles of genetics and molecular biology in stroke.
  • Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis Fund
    The Waddell Center is a comprehensive and rapidly developing center that focuses on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the Greater Cincinnati area. It is a joint effort that includes the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, The Neuroscience Institute, and a community group of MS patients and relatives of patients who found a need for such a facility in the region.

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Peggy A'Hearn
Senior Director of Development
UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute

Email Peggy
or call 513-558-6112

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