Waisman Center 40th anniversary celebratory dinner

More than 450 people gathered at the Monona Terrace on October 17 to celebrate 40 years of the Waisman Center’s groundbreaking research, clinical care and outreach services.

Community members, Waisman Center scientists, early education advocates and individuals and families served by the Waisman Center celebrated together as special guest UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank lauded the unique research and biomedical advancements that take place at the Waisman Center. Keynote speaker and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist David Maraniss praised the Waisman Center for being the embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea – that research conducted at the University of Wisconsin should improve the health and quality of life for the people of Wisconsin and beyond.

The eldest son of Dr. Harry Waisman, Don Waisman, shared memories of his late father’s passion for treating children and adults affected by some of human health’s most complex conditions. Don Waisman was joined at the celebration by 25 members of the Waisman family.

The Waisman Center’s 40th anniversary was generously supported by individuals and organizations, locally and nationally, who share the Waisman Center’s mission of advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases.