The Applebaums committed a total of $15 million to accelerate the testing of promising therapies for patients with diseases of the nervous system. The contribution included $4 million to endow two Mayo School professorships, currently held by Claudia Lucchinetti, MD, Chair of Neurology and Thomas Brott, MD, Professor of Neurology.
The Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Neuroscience Center
In recognition of this gift, the 8th floor of the Leslie and Susan Gonda Building at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is named the Mayo Clinic Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Neuroscience Center.
“This great tradition started with the Mayo brothers. I am happy we are able to help continue it, this is more than an obligation. It is a privilege.” Gene said in 2005.
Most recently, the Applebaums have dedicated the focus of this commitment to an endowed fund supporting research that aims to advance innovations in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) care. The Marcia and Eugene Applebaum Endowed Fund for Research Related to Multiple Sclerosis provides the opportunity for the Applebaum family and Mayo Clinic to partner on an annual basis to provide targeted funding that will accelerate cutting edge research to maximize breakthroughs for patients with MS and related diseases.