Unprecedented $20-million gift to build Schroeder Institute

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With a transformational gift of $20-million to the Toronto Rehab Foundation, Walter and Maria Schroeder, along with their family, have established The Walter and Maria Schroeder Institute for Brain Innovation & Recovery.

This donation represents the largest ever made to a rehabilitation hospital in Canada.

The Schroeder Institute will allow Toronto Rehab-UHN to build a collaborative group of multi-disciplinary experts in engineering and the clinical neurosciences, to develop new therapies for brain-related disorders, such as Alzheimer's, Epilepsy and Parkinson's.

Appeared in the National Post

Brain disorders are among the most serious health problems facing our society, causing untold human suffering and enormous economic costs. By bringing together a community of leading scientists, the Schroeder Brain Institute will create an environment and a framework that will accelerate study in managing and treating these diseases while propelling novel neuro-technological breakthroughs.

"We are standing at the threshold of extraordinary advances in healthcare – the Schroeder's philanthropy has just opened that door," said Cindy Yelle, President & CEO of the Toronto Rehab Foundation.

The Walter and Maria Schroeder Institute for Brain Innovation & Recovery will support three vital objectives:

  • It will help to lead efforts in advancing technology, through CRANIA (CenteR for Advancing Neuro-technological Innovation to Application) to further understand and treat neurological conditions.
  • It will test and implement new therapies that may help to restore function for patients with disorders affecting the nervous system.
  • It will help to develop treatments and technologies that can be delivered to people regardless of their geographical location.
The Schroeder Institute will be revolutionary in scope and effectiveness and help Toronto Rehab take the quantum leap to revolutionize brain science and help to maximize the lives of millions. It will be one of the most comprehensive and advanced programs of its kind in the world.

Toronto Rehab is home to the number one rehabilitation research centre in the world and is truly Where Incredible Happens. To ensure that the best proven rehabilitation research, technology and care are available to our patients and the community now and in the future, Toronto Rehab’s historic $100-million fundraising campaign is supporting initiatives such as The Walter and Maria Schroeder Institute for Brain Innovation & Recovery. Learn more