The Massachusetts General Hospital scientific community is buzzing about Marjorie Moerschner. Thanks to a planned gift Marjorie left in her will, Mass General research into women’s health and into men’s health issues can evolve over a long horizon.
“Marjorie had the vision and understanding that men’s health and women’s health are not the same thing.”
Planned Giving Honors Parents
“Marjorie had the vision and understanding that men’s health and women’s health are not the same thing,” says Jill Goldstein, PhD, executive director of the Women, Heart and Brain Global Initiative. And she “understood that basic research is the driving force to true medical breakthroughs,” adds Sylvie Breton, PhD.
At Mass General, Drs. Goldstein and Breton now hold posts that are named in memory of Marjorie’s own mother and father.
Dr. Goldstein is the Helen T. Moerschner Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair in Women’s Health. Her research focuses on understanding how depression impacts other areas of the body, including its potential correlations to heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Dr. Goldstein’s research not only informs medical practice, but also works to assist in the creation of policies and education to build awareness of mental health on a global scale.
The Richard Moerschner Endowed MGH Research Institute Chair in Men’s Health is now held by Dr. Breton. She studies the regulation of epithelial cells in the urogenital tract with an emphasis on the kidney and epididymis.
Philanthropy Makes Creative Research Possible
“It is philanthropy, more than any other funding source, that makes this possible.”
“At Mass General, we know that access to unrestricted funding enables our researchers to be the most responsive, the most inquisitive and the most creative as they tirelessly pursue knowledge that will impact the health of our patients here in Boston and around the world,” says Harry Orf, PhD, senior vice president for research at Mass General. “It is philanthropy, more than any other funding source, that makes this possible.”