Accelerating Brain Innovation and Recovery

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On June 11, 2019, Walter and Maria Schroeder and their family joined us for a special ceremony outside Toronto Rehab’s University Centre to unveil a new prominent exterior sign naming the Walter and Maria Schroeder Institute for Brain Innovation and Recovery.

The Schroeder Institute – established through the couple’s unprecedented $20 million transformational gift – is a collaborative environment and framework that is enabling multi-disciplinary experts in engineering and the clinical neurosciences to combine state-of-the-art technology with the human brain to find solutions to neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and Parkinson’s. Together, they are accelerating breakthroughs to improve the lives of individuals and families battling brain disease.
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When people ask Walter Schroeder why the couple supports Toronto Rehab, he responds that “it is going to be a hero hospital one day because it  does two things everyone is going to be concerned with: alleviating pain and improving mobility; and with the research they’re doing with dementia, those things are going to stand out.”

The unveiling was a highlight of the day that brought together renowned scientists and researchers from across the University Health Network and from the American Alzheimer’s Association to discuss key areas to advance the research, development and management of new treatments for Dementia and to explore new possibilities for collaboration.

View presentations from the latest in The Blakely Health Innovation Series: Eradicating Alzheimer's

Brain disorders are among the most serious health problems facing our society, causing untold human suffering and enormous economic costs. They are also among the most enigmatic of all diseases, and our lack of knowledge about their underlying disease mechanisms is a major obstacle to the development of better treatments. 

Toronto Rehab Foundation is extremely grateful to Walter and Maria Schroeder for their visionary philanthropic leadership.