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Barrow Women’s Board raises record $10.4 million through 2022 Barrow Grand Ball

January 25, 2022
Funds support innovative diabetes research and the neurosciences

The Women’s Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation raised a record-breaking $10.4 million for Barrow Neurological Institute through the 2022 Barrow Grand Ball. Women’s Board members Jacquie Dorrance and Katie Mueller co-chaired the event, inspiring members and donors during these unprecedented times. To date, the Women’s Board has raised more than $93 million to support the research of the world’s leading physicians, scientists, and clinicians at Barrow.

“This Ball has been an integral part of the success and growth of Barrow Neurological Institute. Without this support, Barrow would not be the premier destination for those suffering from neurological diseases that it is today,” said Michael T. Lawton, MD, President and CEO of Barrow Neurological Institute, expressing his appreciation for all the donors of the Barrow Grand Ball.

Each year, the Women’s Board supports a special project meaningful to its membership and important to the future of Barrow. In 2022, the Grand Ball committee selected the innovative research of Zaman Mirzadeh, MD, PhD, a researcher and neurosurgeon at Barrow, as its project. Dr. Mirzadeh is investigating brain-based approaches to controlling blood sugar that have the potential to pave the way for new, groundbreaking therapies for those battling type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

“The Women’s Board has been a champion of Barrow Neurological Institute since 1965. Even through a global pandemic, they have continued to be the gold standard of philanthropy in our community, raising record-breaking funds to support research and patient care that saves lives,” said Katie Cobb, President of Barrow Neurological Foundation. “Their support of Dr. Mirzadeh’s diabetes research continues the tradition of life-saving innovation and research for which Barrow is known.”

In addition to diabetes research, funds from the 2022 Barrow Grand Ball supported research in other critical areas, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, aneurysms and AVMs, neuro-rehabilitation, concussion, neuroimmunology, neuroimaging, migraine, brain tumors, spinal disorders, and more.

“Patients from all reaches of the world come to Barrow for treatment and hope. The Women’s Board is so proud to be a long-standing supporter of Barrow and is so thankful for all the generosity shown by the many donors this year. The unique partnership of philanthropy, creativity, intellect, and compassion under the leadership of Dr. Lawton at Barrow Neurological Institute continues to pave the way for medical advancement and success beyond our current imagination,” said Carrie Hall, Chairman of the Women’s Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation.