Kayes’ $2 million gift strengthens research for mental illness

Kayes’ $2 million gift strengthens research for mental illness

Steven and Judy Kaye

One in 25 American adults contends with a serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or borderline personality disorder. These conditions can deeply affect individuals and interfere with daily living—yet few effective treatment options exist.

Recognizing the urgent need to develop novel medical approaches for these conditions, longtime philanthropists of Brigham and Women’s Hospital Judy and Steven Kaye recently made a gift of $2 million to accelerate the pace of this research. The Kayes’ investment will help the Brigham develop and offer brain stimulation approaches to neuropsychiatric patients in a clinical research setting.


“I’ve witnessed firsthand the Brigham’s ability to sustain itself and advance healthcare for everyone. Judy and I feel privileged to be able to support the brain stimulation program going forward.”—Steven Kaye


“We are strongly poised to broaden the use of brain stimulation and neuroimaging technologies for major psychiatric disorders,” says David A. Silbersweig, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry. “These advanced technologies will enable doctors to more effectively modulate the brain in real time and provide better care to patients. The Kayes’ great generosity affords us the resources necessary to undertake a major staff recruitment effort and to move forward swiftly—which is so needed and deeply appreciated.”

Judy notes, “Academic medical centers like the Brigham are uniquely positioned to advance research in areas unable to attract commercial interest. Private philanthropy must offer support in such cases, and we feel grateful to be able to help fill that need.”

Over the years, the Kayes have invested in research and fellowships in radiation oncology and allergy. They are also veteran volunteer leaders at the Brigham, with Judy serving on the Campaign Cabinet and Steven on the Board of Trustees.

“I’ve always been passionate about delivering high-quality care to patients in a cost-effective way,” Steven says. “As a trustee, I’ve witnessed firsthand the Brigham’s ability to sustain itself and advance healthcare for everyone. Judy and I feel privileged to be able to support the brain stimulation program going forward.”