The Celine Dion Foundation has pledged $2 million to establish the Celine Dion Foundation Endowed Chair in Autoimmune Neurology. The announcement was made earlier today at the premiere of her forthcoming documentary; I AM: Celine Dion out later this month.  Amanda Piquet, MD, FAAN, director of the Autoimmune Neurology Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, will be the inaugural chair holder. 

Autoimmune Neurology is a rapidly developing neurologic subspecialty focused on the study of neurologic, psychiatric and oncologic disorders associated with the central and peripheral nervous system. The Autoimmune Neurology Program’s mission is to provide the best neurological care and improve the quality of life for every patient with an autoimmune neurological disorder – all while effectively integrating education and research into the clinical experience.  

Resources from this fund will bolster Dr. Piquet’s focus on translational studies, a foundational component of her research program that emphasizes learning in real time from patients as they experience and recover from symptoms to fine-tune treatments for improved outcomes. Additional resources from this significant gift will provide financial support for students, research expenditures, participation in conferences, curriculum development and other initiatives prioritized by the chair holder.

This meaningful gift to support autoimmune neurology has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Celine Dion Foundation, the exceptional care provided by Dr. Piquet and the partnership of Sarah Kabat at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. We offer our congratulations to all involved for what this gift will make possible.

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