Phyllis and Jerome (Jerry) Lyle Rappaport have made a generous gift to endow McLean Hospital’s Basic Neuroscience Division, now called the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Center of Excellence in Basic Neuroscience Research. Also, in connection with their gift, the Rappaports have established the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, currently held by Bill Carlezon, PhD, as the inaugural incumbent.
The Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation’s latest gift to the hospital comes after a decades-long relationship with McLean. In 2000, the Rappaports established the Rappaport Mental Health Endowed Fellowship. They were founding members of the McLean National Council, which was established in 2002 to help McLean broaden its donor base nationally and thereby grow its resources to enhance McLean’s mission impact, reputation, and reach.
Helping McLean Meet Future Mental Health Needs
The Rappaports said they recognized many years ago that McLean’s success at translating world-class research into effective treatments was a big part of why the hospital is considered a national and international leader in its field. They also recognize that McLean is now at a pivotal point in its history.
McLean is seeking significant philanthropic investments to upgrade its physical plant, reinforce its specialized clinical and research programs, and pursue innovative applications of technology.
The Rappaports look at their gift as a means of fortifying McLean’s thriving basic neuroscience research, which is so critical to McLean’s leadership in the field. “Funding the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Center of Excellence in Basic Neuroscience Research at McLean is a way of supporting the hospital’s needs while fulfilling our foundation’s mission of supporting emerging leaders and researchers,” explained Jerry.
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