Washington medical school receives $50M for brain institute

(Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com)

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington medical school has received a $50 million donation to create an institute focused on developing treatments for brain disorders.

The Seattle Times reports Lynn and Mike Garvey made the donation to establish the Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions in Seattle.

University officials say the institute’s focus is expected to include addiction, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

An official says the institute will build on work being done at the medical school and partner with scientists in the university and other health systems.

The university’s psychology and behavioral sciences department chairman says researchers hope to develop treatments and “quickly put them into practice.”

Mike Garvey is the primary founder of Saltchuk, a Seattle-based family of transportation and distribution companies with annual revenue of nearly $2.75 billion.