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Bioelectronic medicine research fueled by a lifetime of support

When Leonard and Susan Feinstein’s son suffered a major brain injury from an auto accident 35 years ago, no long-term healthcare solutions existed to handle his needs. 

“Lifesaving techniques to keep you alive got so much better, but the deficits you were left with posed a significant challenge for those responsible for caring for you — or you were just put into a nursing home,” Leonard recalls. 

quotation mark I’ve always believed that giving back is a great – and the right – thing to do. I wish everyone would.
Leonard Feinstein

The Feinsteins realized only research would yield treatments and cures their son and so many others needed.

A lifetime of transformative research philanthropy

“Dedicated neuroscience research had never been done at Northwell Health (then North Shore-LIJ Health System) on the scale we imagined, so we stepped in to make that happen,” says Leonard. Their $25 million gift resulted in the Susan and Leonard Feinstein Center for Neurosciences.

In 2017, the Bed Bath & Beyond cofounder and his wife continued their tradition of research-focused philanthropy with a second $25 million gift to advance the Feinstein Institute’s work in clinical trials, neuroscience, autoimmunity and bioelectronic medicine. 

The bioelectronic medicine research teams at Feinstein Institute use innovative devices to treat disease and injury. Bioelectronic medicine represents the convergence of three well-established scientific fields: neuroscience, molecular and cell biology, and bioengineering. Research is being conducted for a wide range of acute and chronic diseases and injuries, including neurodegenerative diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, bleeding, diabetes and hypertension.

‘We want our investments to inspire other people’

“Leonard and Susan Feinstein’s unwavering support of our research programs over many, many years has been absolutely key to the founding of the institute, the building of the institute and now the launch of the Center for Bioelectronic Medicine,” says Dr. Tracey. “None of this would have happened without them.” 

“I’ve always believed that giving back is a great — and the right — thing to do,” Leonard says. “I wish everyone would. We want our investments to inspire other people, companies and government to support this research as well, so we can move our work along as quickly as we can.”

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