Since its inception until 2008, the Foundation supported neurological research at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as multidisciplinary biomedical research centers at HMS, through different yearly grants and awards.

In 2008 the Foundation launched two professorships, as part of an effort to better support both neurological research at MGH and multidisciplinary science at HMS.

The professorships were financed assigning USD 7 M of its endowment to support MGH’s clinical chair and the basic biological science chair at HMS.

The Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation Professorship in Neurology

This professorship in Neurology supports biomedical research and collaborative research between Harvard and Italian scientists. The first incumbent was Dr. Verne Caviness and, in 2013, Dr. Caviness became the Armenise-Harvard Distinguished Professor of Neurology. Dr. Tracy Batchelor, at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the current Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation Professor in Neurology.

The Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation Professorship in Basic Biomedical Sciences

This professorship was created to encourage research that transcends Harvard Medical School departmental boundaries. Incumbents are expected to support collaborative initiatives with Italian scientists and the advancement of biomedical research in Italy. The first incumbent of the professorship is Dr. Stephen C. Harrison.