B.J. and Eve Wilder Family Foundation
Neurologist B.J. Wilder, MD, is a giant in his field known for improving the practice of treating epilepsy by developing standard drug levels for antiepileptic medications. The Gainesville native, a professor emeritus of neurology and neuroscience in UF’s College of Medicine, retired in 1994, but with his late wife, Eve, has passionately supported UF’s research into neurological diseases since the 1970s.
With donations to UF totaling more than $5.7 million from the B.J. and Eve Wilder Family Foundation, the couple established three faculty endowments: two professorships in epilepsy, currently held by Jean Cibula, MD, and Giridhar Kalamangalam, MD, and one in Alzheimer’s disease, currently held by Demetrius M. Maraganore, MD. In addition, the Wilders established the B.J. and Eve Wilder Center for Excellence in Epilepsy Research at UF’s McKnight Brain Institute, and they have made significant gifts to the UF Brain Bank and to support research fellowships in dementia.
And this year, the family tradition continues, with daughter Karen Wilder Scott joining the leadership council of the newly established Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health.