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Establishing Hope for Mayo Clinic Patients

As loyal, longtime benefactors of the Mayo Clinic, Eugene and Marcia Applebaum have helped the organization become one of the leading neuroscience research centers in the country.

Transformative Fund for Health Research

“Individuals and their families want to know that there is hope around the corner,” Gene said.

To establish this hope, in 2005, the Applebaums established the Mayo Clinic Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Fund for Translational Research in Neurosciences, accelerating research to help patients at Mayo and around the world.

The aim of the commitment was to help Mayo Clinic narrow the gap between basic science and patient care. “Mayo Clinic marries the lab and the clinic in a way no other organization does," said Denise Cortese, MD, past President and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “This is innovation at its best.”

Stimulating Innovation

“Typically it takes many years for a discovery to move out of the lab and into the clinical setting,” said John Noseworthy, current President and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “This additional funding will help accelerate that process by giving support to researchers who are working directly with patients. These physicians can use the knowledge they gain from day-to-day interaction with their patients to figure out how a discovery may eventually have application to patient care.”
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“Philanthropy is part and parcel of life. First you take care of your family, then your community. Then you help the nation and the world."
-Eugene Applebaum
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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.

Current Impact

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.

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Applebaum Family Philanthropy

Andrew Echt

Director, Applebaum Family Philanthropy