McCaw Endowed Chair in Muscular Dystrophy
The McCaw Endowed Chair in Muscular Dystrophy was established by the Bruce and Jolene McCaw Foundation in 2004. The chair’s purpose is to enable the University of Washington to attract and retain a distinguished faculty member in muscular dystrophy research.
Jolene and Bruce McCaw’s significant commitment to an endowed chair in the Department of Neurology enabled UW Medicine to recruit the chair’s first holder: Dr. Jeffrey S. Chamberlain, a leading expert in muscular dystrophy whose research is among the most advanced in the world.
The McCaws have an established interest in scientific research at the University. In 1999, they launched the Talaris Research Institute with the mission of supporting parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children. In its early years, the institute’s emphasis was funding research at the University by creating the Center for Mind, Brain, and Learning or CMBL (now the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, better known as I-LABS) and funding John Gottman’s Relationship Research Institute. The goal was to support the newest, most relevant and reliable research in the area of early learning.
In 2003, Talaris launched Parenting Counts, a compilation of resources and materials to help parents and caregivers learn to interact with children in everyday situations. It includes over 140 resources, such as parenting kits, books, videos, handouts and online material, as well as an innovative 20-hour online training program for early learning professionals. The Parenting Counts product line was recently acquired by Teaching Strategies, a socially minded for-profit, whose mission is to provide the most effective early education resources to support the critical work of early childhood educators.
The McCaws’ support of scientific research and many other contributions to the University — including in the arts, social work and public affairs — creates an impressive record of philanthropy and reveals a deep commitment to the University of Washington.
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