$25 million gift from Once Upon a Time Foundation establishes Raynor Cerebellum Project at UT Southwestern…to tackle cerebellar dysfunction and disorders
DALLAS – May 12, 2022 – A generous $25 million commitment from the Once Upon a Time Foundation will create the Raynor Cerebellum Project at UT Southwestern Medical Center (RCP-UTSW) to investigate diseases associated with cerebellum dysfunction, with the goal of discovering how to preserve and restore lost brain function. This gift helped UT Southwestern not only achieve, but exceed, the goal for its Campaign for the Brain, a $1 billion initiative aimed at advancing prevention efforts, effective treatments, and cures for brain diseases.
Cerebellar dysfunction typically causes imbalance and disrupts movement control, including abnormalities in gait, coordination, speech, and eye movements. It is increasingly being associated with many neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, and as a contributor to motor, cognitive, and behavioral challenges. The Raynor Cerebellum Project, established through the support of Geoffrey Raynor, founder of the Once Upon a Time Foundation, intends to bring together the world’s top experts in cerebellar research and care to launch a broad range of scientific investigations from basic understanding of related neural circuitry to translational studies with patients aimed at identifying and evaluating potential therapeutic targets.
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