Columbia University


Partner Since 2021

Toffler Scholar Program

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields.

The Toffler Scholar Program at Columbia University provides crucial early-stage funding and network support for innovative, entrepreneurial medical investigators who are taking on some of humanity’s toughest and most important challenges. Students are chosen for their innovative thinking, research excellence, and demonstrated passion for their work.

"We are grateful to the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust for recognizing Dr. Reena Gottesman’s pioneering work in neurology. Thanks to our collaboration with the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust, we will continue to pursue our research efforts to address early-stage, future-focused brain science, with a particular focus on the intersection of palliative care and dementia care, to help further foster patient and caregiver centered outcomes.”

- Richard Mayeux, MD

MSc Sergievsky Professor; Chair, Department of Neurology, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Toffler Scholars


Dr. Kimberly Kwei


Reena Gottesman, MD

Toffler Scholar Spotlights

Get an in-depth look at some of our previous and current Toffler Scholars.

Kimberly Kwei

Dr. Kimberly Kwei

Kimberly Kwei earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2023 at Columbia University. Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CIUMC) as well as a practicing, board-certified neurologist with subspecialty training in the field of movement disorders. Her research focuses on developing a better understanding of gait issues in Parkinson’s disease.

Reena Gottesman

Dr. Gottesman

Dr. Reena Gottesman earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2022 at Columbia University, where she is a board-certified neurologist in the Division of Aging and Dementia. Her research focuses on maximizing the quality of life for patients with dementia. In her clinical work, she provides specialized care for patients with memory concerns and dementia at the Neurological Institute, and she sees referrals for memory concerns from the Integrated Women’s Health Center.


2 Toffler Scholar Awards

2 Year Partnership

$80,000 In Funding To-Date

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