Toffler Scholar Program to support College of Medicine neuroscience

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Florida State College of Medicine Receives Grant from The Karen Toffler Charitable Trust

The Gift Supports Funding for Future-Focused Neuroscience and Neurodegenerative Disease Research

Tallahassee, FL, October 12, 2020 Florida State College of Medicine today announced that it has received a $30,000.00 grant from The Karen Toffler Charitable Trust (KTCT). KTCT provided the funding through its Toffler Scholar Program, which partners with universities and research organizations working to advance high-impact, early-stage medical research.

The Toffler Scholar Program exists to help young researchers at a pivotal point in their careers by creating a financial and network support bridge to a phase where large research grants are more available. The funding will help support FSU College of Medicine researchers working in the areas of neurodegeneration, neurodegenerative diseases, or autoimmune disorders.

Together, researchers at Florida State College of Medicine and KTCT are doing their part to help solve some of the world’s most intractable problems. The human toll of neurological conditions is tremendous. With dementia alone, these medical breakthroughs could reduce the 10 million new global cases annually, slowing the cost to society that is rapidly growing into the trillions. It is part of the commitment by the charitable organization to carry on the powerful legacy of our founders, Alvin and Heidi Toffler by seeing and investing in the work that has the potential for profound impact on the future of humanity.

“I am very pleased and delighted that the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust has provided a generous gift to establish the Toffler Scholar Program at the FSU College of Medicine,” said Dr. John P. Fogarty, Dean of Florida State University College of Medicine. “This gift, matched by our college, will provide critical funding for new and emerging investigators in neuroscience and neurodegenerative disease to support their programs and their research. We appreciate the support and confidence in our university and research programs.”

“It’s our responsibility and our privilege to welcome these visionary partners into the enduring commitment set by the Tofflers,” said Rebecca Bartoli, executive director of the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust. “Without these brilliant scientists, we couldn’t move the Toffler’s vision forward, and without us, these researchers might not advance as quickly. It’s a true partnership creating a better future through science.”

About The Karen Toffler Charitable Trust

The Karen Toffler Charitable Trust ( is a nonprofit foundation focused on early-stage research that advances the medical field in profound, high-impact ways. Tapping into the legacy of founders and best-selling authors Alvin and Heidi Toffler, we exist to be a catalyst for future-focused breakthroughs. Our Toffler Scholar Program helps university medical researchers gain access to support and a network for often underfunded innovations. We are a new kind of foundation that is fostering new ways of thinking and problem-solving to find solutions to humanity’s most difficult problems.


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