Warren and Jermaine Magnuson Endowed Chair in Medicine for Neurosciences
The Warren and Jermaine Magnuson Endowed Chair in Medicine for Neurosciences was established in 1992 to enable the University of Washington to attract and retain a distinguished faculty member engaged in biomedical research into the causes, management and treatment of neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and diabetes-related neurological complications.
The establishment of this chair reflects the long-time interest of the late Sen. Warren Magnuson and his wife, Jermaine, in biomedical research. Sen. Magnuson served in the U.S. Congress for 42 years and was a graduate of the University of Washington. As a freshman Washington state representative in 1937, he authored the legislation that created the National Cancer Institute. Later, he sponsored the legislation that created the National Institutes of Health.
In 1978, the University of Washington Health Sciences Center was named in honor of Sen. Magnuson in recognition of his contributions to the growth and vitality of the center’s research, teaching, and patient-care programs. Sen. Magnuson died in May 1989 of complications associated with diabetes.
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