Group of donors at reception
Charlie Bryan with Dowdy award

Dr. Charles F. Bryan Jr. Parkinson’s Research Fund

An MCV Foundation trustee for 12 years, Charlie Bryan, Ph.D., was instrumental in raising $5 million — which was matched with another $5 million from the VCU School of Medicine — to establish the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center in 2011.

His efforts served as a catalyst for changing the landscape of neurological care and research at VCU Health, including the recruitment in recent years of more than 30 prominent neurology faculty members from around the country.

Dr. Bryan, who was diagnosed in 2004 with Parkinson’s disease, remains the founder and nucleus of the Movers and Shakers, a group of community partners and donors who share his vision and who collectively have raised millions of dollars that drive life-changing neurological research and patient-focused care at VCU and VCU Health. 

In 2019, Dr. Bryan's "Brother Rats" from Virginia Military Institute’s Class of 1969 announced the Dr. Charles F. Bryan Jr. Parkinson’s Research Fund to honor his impact on improving lives of others who are currently battling or will one day battle Parkinson's disease.