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Gifts in honor of former MCW Trustee establishes Parkinson's Disease Research Endowed Chair

G. Frederick KastenThe Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is establishing the G. Frederick Kasten, Jr. Endowed Chair in Parkinson’s Disease Research. Gifts exceeding $2 million have been contributed through the generosity of Baird, its employees and many corporate and community partners, to MCW in memory of G. Frederick Kasten, Jr., former Baird President, CEO and Chairman, who passed in December 2019 from Parkinson’s disease.

Fred Kasten was an influential community leader, dedicating his time, talent, and resources to institutions and organizations throughout the Milwaukee area. Among his many community engagements, Fred served as a trustee to the Medical College of Wisconsin from 1996-2008 and was honored with the Warren P. Knowles Humanitarian Award in 2004.

Honoring Fred Kasten’s legacy through an endowed chair will help make significant research advances in curing the devastating disease Fred battled with and will help to build the strength of MCW’s Parkinson’s disease clinical program so that we can provide the latest medical treatments to more Wisconsin patients.

Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating neurological condition that affects nearly one million people in the US, with approximately 60,000 new patients diagnosed each year. Over 15,000 people are living with Parkinson’s disease in Wisconsin alone. 

The Parkinson’s program at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin currently treats over 2,500 patients per year with comprehensive services including movement disorder clinical expertise, state-of-the-art treatment technology, and innovative research investigating the root causes of and next era of treatment for Parkinson’s disease.