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Endowed Funds

Jean Yocum Harlan Memorial Fund was established in 1999 by Dr. Richard Harlan, former Director of the Tulane Neuroscience Program, in memory of his mother, to support graduate training initiatives in the Neuroscience PhD Program.

Catherine and Hunter Pierson Chair in Neuroscience was established in 2000 by Catherine and Hunter Pierson and Julia and Louis Beecherl for a distinguished professor in the field of neuroscience. The current holder is Dr. Jeffrey Tasker.

Gary P. Dohanich Professorship in Brain Science was established in 2016 by Wayne Teetsel (A&S '87, B '90) for a distinguished professor in the field of Brain Science in recognition of the enriching influence that Professor Gary Dohanich had on his academic experience. Current holder is Dr. Jill Daniel.

Marta Robidoux and William A. Marko Endowed Fund was established in 2016 by Marta and Bill Marko (E '81, E '83) to provide an annual income beginning in 2021 to the Tulane Brain Institute Director's Fund for Strategic Initiatives.

McQuillen Family Endowed Fund was established in 2017 by Traci Peterson McQuillen and Michael G. McQuillen to support targeted research within the Brain Institute.

The Michael Cochran Community Engagement Endowed Fund in Neurodegenerative Disease, Neural Injury and Repair was established in 2018 by Mathilda Cochran in memory of her husband, Michael D. Cochran, M.D., to support community engagement activities at the Tulane Brain Institute.

The Priddy Family Spark Research Endowed Fund was established in 2018 by Robert and KiKie Priddy on behalf of the Priddy Family Foundation to provide competitive annual awards to faculty for early-stage research support that advances the research priorities of the Brain Institute.

The Panetta Family Presidential Chair Endowed Fund was established in 2019 by Marcella Villareal de Panetta and Bernard J. Panetta. Income from this endowment will support a Presidential Chair in an interdisciplinary area of academic study associated with the Tulane Brain Institute with a preference that the initial chairholder be a scholar whose research focuses on hormone-brain interactions.

The Elizabeth Lyons Brewer Research Excellence Endowed Fund was established in 2019 by Kate and Lyons Brewer (A&S ’83) to honor the memory of Lyons’s mother, Elizabeth (Betty) Lyons Brewer (NC ’51) who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Income from this endowment will support research at the Tulane Brain Institute with priority for research related to Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

The Amelie Wallace Porter and John Robert Porter Jr. Research Excellence Endowed Fund was established in 2020 by the Porter Family Charitable Foundation to support research at the Tulane Brain Institute with preference given to research related to Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative diseases.