The Gerstner Family Foundation supports basic and translational biomedical research, access to an excellent education for young people in grades K-12, and organizations that assist people who have suffered temporary setbacks and need a “helping hand” to restore their equilibrium.


  • Study Reveals Strongest Links Yet Between Genes And ADHD Risk
    March 25, 2019

    By analyzing the DNA of more than 55,000 people, scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and more than 60 additional institutions worldwide have identified 12 regions of the genome that raise the risk of ADHD, providing valuable biological insights. In their publication the researchers note that these variants reveal important insights into the biology behind ADHD risk, and that the many of these variants also influence an individual's risk or likelihood for a variety of psychiatric, metabolic, and behavioral traits. "These findings represent the culmination of over a decade of genome-wide association studies for ADHD, and the willingness of the community of ADHD geneticists to work together and share data to advance our understanding of why people develop ADHD," said Benjamin Neale, an institute member at the Broad Institute and core faculty member at MGH.

  • Mayo Clinic Implements New Regenerative Therapeutics Program
    March 25, 2019

    In a recent article, a team of Mayo Clinic scientists, including Dr. Shane Shapiro, propose a new model in regenerative medicine therapies to address three of the traditional obstacles to delivering regenerative care, (including deficits in patient education, the challenge of studying and treating a wide variety of both common and less-common diseases, and the lack of high-quality RWE in regenerative medicine in support of translation.) The Regenerative Therapeutics Program will present opportunities for all medical specialties to participate in the translation of regenerative and cell-based therapies into practice. Support for this project was provided by Gerstner Philanthropies and the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine.

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The Gerstner Family Foundation was founded in 1989 by Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. and his family. The foundation is an expression of Mr. Gerstner’s strong personal commitment to give back to society, which he considers as important a part of his legacy as his exceptional career in business. Most of the foundation’s giving is in New York City, Boston and Palm Beach and their surrounding communities.

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