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  • July 18th, 2022

    Tributes to Mrs. Lily Safra

    The Edmond J. Safra Foundation is grateful to acknowledge the many thoughtful tributes to Mrs. Lily Safra that have been offered following her recent passing. Some of them are shared here.

    • “Since as early as 2005, when the Insittut du Cerveau was still a project, Mrs Lily Safra initiated a major and fundamental donation to sustain the works lead by researchers, doctors and neurosciences experts of the Institut. During these last 10 years, upon her impulsion, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation continued to pravide a regular and decisive contribution to high level research projects, especially on Parkinson Disease.”
      Founding Members, along with the scientific, medical and adminsitratives commununities of the Institut du Cerveau, July the 12th 2022.
    • “Her passing is a tremendous loss not only for the FNIH, but for all who benefitted from her philanthropic achievements and humanitarian work. Mrs. Safra crafted an incredible legacy of high-impact philanthropy spanning science, education, cultural, and faith initiatives.
      Foundation For he National Institutes of Health, July the 12th 2022.
    • As a friend and Trustee of the Museum, Mrs. Safra’s support, and the support of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, will remain unmatched. Mrs. Safra’s kindness and generosity speak to who she was as a person, and she will be sincerely missed.
      Jack Kliger, President & CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, July the 14th 2022.
    • Her generosity was boundless. Her philanthropic legacy, along with her dear and devoted late husband Edmond, is magnificent. We are eternally grateful for her munificent contributions to helping us build an AIDS free world. She gave so graciously to Elton John AIDS Foundation.
      Elton John and David Furnish, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, July the 11th 2022
    • Lily’s friendship was instrumental in establishing our path and expanding our work further than we could have dreamed. She sharpened our vision and lent us her strength so that we might make a greater difference in the lives of all people and families touched by Parkinson’s disease. We will be grateful forever.
      Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research, July the 21st 2022
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  • July 9th, 2022

    Passing of Mrs. Lily Safra

    Geneva (July 9, 2022) — With profound sadness, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation mourns the loss of its Chairwoman, Mrs. Lily Safra.

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  • May 22nd, 2020

    Second Parkinson’s Therapy Funded by The Michael J. Fox Foundation Receives FDA Approval and Advances to Market

    NEW YORK (May 22, 2020) — The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) announces a milestone in the Foundation’s impact on the Parkinson’s disease (PD) therapeutic landscape. On May 21, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Kynmobi from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. This new therapy — which treats “off” time, when PD symptoms are not well controlled with oral medication — marks the second regulatory approval of a Parkinson’s treatment funded by the Foundation.

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  • January 3rd, 2019

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders Selects Class of 2021

    NEW YORK (January 3, 2019) — The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders has selected six neurology physicians for the Class of 2021, the program’s fourth class, from top neurology programs across the world. This summer, these individuals will begin two years of training to become movement disorder clinician-researchers — experts in treating people with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders as well as advancing critical research.

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  • November 16th, 2018

    Inaugural Class of The Michael J. Fox Foundation's Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders Graduates

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF), in collaboration with longtime partner the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, is building a global base of movement disorder specialists to provide expert patient care and lead complementary research and drug development. Launched in 2014, The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders annually awards funding to five academic centers worldwide to each train a new movement disorder specialist over two years. Recently, the five fellows in the inaugural Class of 2018 completed training and began prestigious movement disorders careers around the world.

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  • May 1st, 2018

    Michael J. Fox Foundation Builds Base of Movement Disorder Specialists

    May 2018 - People with Parkinson's disease (PD) need movement disorder specialists -- neurologists with extra training in diagnosing and treating Parkinson's -- to provide holistic care and connect them to the latest research. But there aren't enough of these specialists. To increase the number of movement disorder specialists around the world, The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) developed The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders. Today, Edmond J. Safra Fellows and their mentors gathered at a New York City "Fellowship Symposium Day" with benefactor Lily Safra to share research progress, announce the five academic centers chosen to train the Class of 2021 and highlight the work of the first graduating class.

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  • July 2nd, 2017

    A new home for the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Science (ELSC) inaugurated at the Hebrew University campus in Jerusalem

    July 2017 -- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem dedicated its new interdisciplinary center for brain sciences in June 2017, before the official opening in October 2017. The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC), the largest neuroscience center in Israel, was inaugurated in the presence of Mrs. Lily Safra, whose support was critical in the creation of the Center.  It is unique in bringing together specialists from all of the academic disciplines researching brain sciences.

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  • June 19th, 2017

    Early literacy study to improve diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities among Hebrew and Arabic speakers

    Dedicated to enabling all children to reach their full potential, the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities is currently pioneering a comprehensive study on early literacy in Hebrew and Arabic languages. Research results are being used to develop cutting-edge interventions that will provide all children with a head start in school.

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