Individuals

We are fortunate to have the support of many generous individuals and families who believe in our mission to unlock the mystery of the brain in health and disease. Some of these people are listed below:


Patricia and James Poitras ’63

James and Patricia PoitrasPatricia and James Poitras ’63, established the Poitras Center for Affective Disorders Research. The center supports research on bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and other serious psychiatric diseases.
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Doris and Donald Berkey ’42, SM ’43

Doris and Donald BerkeyDoris and Donald Berkey ’42, SM ’43 of Naples, Florida, endowed an MIT Professorship in neuroscience, with Robert Desimone, Director of the McGovern Institute, as the first incumbent.


Janet and Sheldon Razin ’59

Sheldon RazinLeadership Board member, Sheldon Razin ’59, and his wife Janet created an endowed fellowship in support of research at the McGovern Institute.


The Sydney Family

Sheila and Stanley SydneyStanley H. Sydney ’52, SM ’54, and his wife Sheila of Brookline, Massachusetts, support Ann Graybiel’s research on Parkinson’s disease.


Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. ’57

Thomas PetersonThomas F. Peterson ’57 has been instrumental in helping the McGovern Institute acquire new technologies for brain research, including a two-photon microscope and a new MEG scanner for the Imaging Center.


Hugo Shong

Hugo ShongHugo Shong, General Partner of IDG Capital Partners, has made a major contribution to the McGovern Institute to establish a cooperative exchange program for postdoctoral fellows and scientists between the Institute and three Chinese universities.


The Richmond Family

Bard Richmond and familyA generous donation by Bard Richmond ’80 is funding a 3-year, first-of-its-kind research project at the McGovern Institute exploring the brain mechanisms underlying dyslexia.



Mark Gorenberg ’76

Mark GorenbergMark Gorenberg ’76, a member of the McGovern Institute Leadership Board, established a new graduate student fellowship at the McGovern Institute with the hope that others will be encouraged to do the same.

  • CONTACT
    Kara Flyg
    Director of Development
    phone: 617-324-0134
    email: kflyg@mit.edu