Jul. 16, 2002
Columbia University will receive an $8 million gift to support a stem cell research program to develop new treatments and therapies for Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders. Bernard Spitzer, real estate developer and father of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, is donating the money, which will be used to establish the Bernard and Anne Spitzer Fund for Cell and Genetic Therapy. The Spitzer money will help researchers in their efforts to convert stem cells into well-functioning neurons through mouse embryonic and stem cell lines that produce dopamine neurons. In April, Columbia established the Charles and Jean Brunie Fund for Cell Therapy in Brain Disease with a $3 million donation from investment banker Charles Brunie.
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