June 12, 2017
Tan-Yang Center for Autism Research: Opening Remarks
Bob Desimone, Director of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
Bob Millard, Chair of MIT Corporation
Lore Harp McGovern, Co-founder of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
Hock E. Tan and K. Lisa Yang, Founders of the Tan-Yang Center for Autism Research
On June 12, 2017, the McGovern Institute hosted the launch celebration for the Hock E. Tan and K. Lisa Yang Center for Autism Research. The center is made possible by a kick-off commitment of $20 million, made by Lisa Yang and MIT alumnus Hock Tan ’75.
The Tan-Yang Center for Autism Research will support research on the genetic, biological and neural bases of autism spectrum disorders, a developmental disability estimated to affect 1 in 68 individuals in the United States. Tan and Yang hope their initial investment will stimulate additional support and help foster collaborative research efforts to erase the devastating effects of this disorder on individuals, their families and the broader autism community.