BUMC Provost and BUSM Dean Karen H. Antman sees special value in donations that enable researchers to take risks and explore their most visionary ideas. This belief made the news of a $40,000 grant from The Karen Toffler Charitable Trust to implement the Toffler Scholar Program particularly exciting. The award will provide funding to researchers working on early-stage, future-focused brain science through an internal competition at BUSM.
The Karen Toffler Charitable Trust is a nonprofit organization focused on health, medicine, research, education and technology, prioritizing Dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases research. The Trust continues the legacy of Alvin and Heidi Toffler, world-renowned futurists and global best-selling authors who focused on virtually every facet of modern society. In this spirit, the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust aims to support cutting-edge, high-impact ideas that will push the future of humanity in a brighter, more hopeful direction.
BUSM’s wide range of clinical and epidemiological Alzheimer’s disease research within the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the Framingham Heart Study and the New England Centenarian Study, piqued the Trust’s interest. The Toffler Scholar Program will fund a new BUSM scholar every year, helping young researchers to build promising new bridges to the future.