Last month, the Toral Family Foundation donated $500,000 to the University of Florida College of Medicine to establish a research center and support a new term professorship. The foundation is a Florida nonprofit organization that supports efforts to help families affected by traumatic brain injuries.
Latha Ganti Stead, M.D. has been appointed the first Toral Family Foundation Professor in Traumatic Brain Injury. She is currently a professor and chief of clinical research for the department of emergency medicine.
Frank Toral, the founder of the Toral Family Foundation, said he hopes the donation encourages further contributions for traumatic brain injury research and the center at UF.
“Sometimes a disease or condition doesn’t get the attention it deserves,” Stead said, “until there is a champion for it.”
According to the Brain Injury Association of Florida Inc., about 210,000 people in the state have been disabled by traumatic brain injuries, and such injuries are also among the most common injuries received by U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.