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The Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Jefferson was established with a generous gift from Vickie and Jack Farber of the Farber Family Foundation, Inc., and first opened its doors early in 2002.

Vickie and Jack Farber are longtime Jeffersonians who have supported the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience, the Frances and Joseph Weinberg Unit for ALS Research, endowed professorships, scholarships and signature events. Through their efforts, they have emboldened Jefferson to greater discovery, more excellent teaching and better care for those who need us most.

Jack’s steady hand on our Board of Trustees, Executive Advisory Board of the Farber Institute and numerous executive committees has helped make Jefferson a healthcare leader. Vickie’s dedication to the fight against debilitating neurological disorders has served as a powerful inspiration to our physicians, students, faculty and patients.

Since it was founded, the institute has supported the departments that were carrying out basic, translational and clinical research designed to understand fundamental mechanisms of the normal and diseased brain. Specialists translate that understanding into treatments for neurodegenerative and other devastating disorders.

The Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience’s mission is the discovery and translation of scientific advancements into innovative treatments for diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. We fulfill our mission through the delivery of excellent patient care and quality outcomes, development of high-impact and novel research, and superb training of the next generation of clinicians and scientists.

Research is still a core component of the institute, but in 2015 Jefferson expanded the vision by including clinical care for our neuroscience patients as part of the institute.


Neuroscience excellence at Jefferson dates back almost 130 years, to the first successful removal of a brain tumor in 1887. Some other notable milestones:

  • 1983 - The Jefferson Headache Center is founded
  • 1987 - First dedicated stroke center in Philadelphia, the longest running in Delaware Valley
  • 1991 - First radiosurgery treatments in Delaware Valley
  • 1995 - First in the region with a Gamma Knife
  • 2002 - Farber Institute for Neuroscience is established
  • 2009 - Jefferson Neuroscience Network established
  • 2015 - Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience expands to include the clinical and education branches of neuroscience, in addition to research   

Make an Appointment

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a neuroscience specialist.

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