Donation will advance research crucial to children’s brain health
PITTSBURGH – The UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation today announced that it has received a $1 million gift from Alba Tull to advance pediatric neuroscience research, education and patient care at UPMC Children’s Hospital at the Children’s Neuroscience Institute (CNI) in Pittsburgh.
The donation builds on Tull’s deep commitment to neurological research, particularly in the greater Pittsburgh area. Last year, she worked with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to establish the Alba Tull Center for Neuroimaging and Therapeutics. The Center is dedicated to designing and expanding imaging technologies for patient care to produce sophisticated new understanding of the brain for developing anti-aging therapies. Today’s donation will now help bring the same commitment to pursuing innovative neuroscience research and treatments for children.
“The past few years have really made it clear that medicine is the backbone of our future, which is why supporting cutting-edge healthcare research and developments – especially for those who are most precious , children – is one of my top priorities,” Alba Tull said. , philanthropist and founder of First Light Capital Group. “I continue to be inspired by the work of UPMC Children, particularly in neuroscience. I am proud to continue to support and work alongside CNI as they continue to make monumental strides in their groundbreaking research and new discoveries for pediatric neuroscience.
Tull is a longtime supporter of UPMC Children’s. Her involvement began several years ago with her donation to support creative and expressive arts research and therapy, and she was a long-time board member of the UPMC Children’s Foundation. Her involvement with CNI began last year when she pledged her support for the hospital during its DVE Rocks children’s radiothon. After meeting with several neuroscience and research leaders at UPMC Children, she decided to designate the donation to CNI.
“Today’s children are tomorrow’s future, and we are extremely grateful for the generous support of Alba Tull, which advances our vision to build a premier destination for research, education and care in pediatric neuroscience,” said Terence Dermody, MD, chair of the department of pediatrics. at UPMC Children’s. “We are delighted with the research that this donation will allow the CNI to undertake. Funding for pediatric research, including children’s brain health, is an area of great need. This extraordinary gift will help us fulfill our mission, investing in brain health and disease science that will improve the lives of children in Pittsburgh and around the world. We are very grateful to Alba Tull for continuing to support the important work of our team and the hospital.
The largest gift in CNI’s history, the gift will provide flexible research funding to address some of the program’s most pressing priorities, including research infrastructure, pilot grants, and training future leaders, all of which will contribute to generating new breakthroughs in pediatric neuroscience. In particular, it will be used to advance the understanding of neurological diseases, to discover and develop personalized therapies for children with neurological diseases or impairments, as well as to innovate diagnostic medicine and find ways to apply the research directly to patients.
The CNI continues to grow and make cutting-edge advances in the field of neurological disorders. To this end, the research team will continue to prioritize connectivity, neurodevelopment, neonatal and fetal stroke, and lipidomics, a new and growing area of research.
The CNI is led by Hülya Bayır, MD, an award-winning and internationally renowned physician-scientist who has spent decades studying pediatric neurocritical care and traumatic brain injury. With support from Alba Tull, Bayır will be equipped to support CNI’s efforts to translate innovative research to patients faster.
About the UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation
The UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation is the catalyst that unites communities and contributors to create a healthier future for all children through life-changing care and cutting-edge research. As the sole fundraising arm of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, we support their vision to be the world leader in pediatric health care, education and discovery. The Foundation is a public charity under Sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. For more information visit www.givetochildrens.org
About Alba Tull
Alba Tull is a leading female philanthropist, an accomplished multidisciplinary photographer and film producer, and a leading investor. She is the Founder and Managing Director of First Light Capital Group, the technology-focused investment firm and seedbed of entrepreneurs. She is also president of Tull Investment Group, a private equity fund that manages an array of real estate and interests in companies including Genies, Pinterest, Zoox and Oculus Rift.
Outside of her professional work, Tull serves as president of her family’s philanthropic organization, the Tull Family Foundation (TFF), and sits on the board of directors of many prominent organizations, including the UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center, The Rett Syndrome Research Trust and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. She is also a Fellow of Carnegie Mellon University’s Highlands Circle and a lifelong supporter of the United States Navy, where she is currently the patron of the next generation ship, USS Cooperstown LCS 23.