Established in 1998 by the Theodore and Vada Stanley Foundation

The THEODORE AND VADA STANLEY FOUNDATION supports humanitarian causes worldwide and is a major source of support for research into schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, funding approximately half of all research in the United States directly related to bipolar disorder.


THEODORE STANLEY is chief executive officer of MBI Incorporated, a company that sells collectibles and commemorative items through subsidiaries that include the Danbury Mint and Easton Press. His wife, VADA STANLEY, is active in the work of the foundation.

The Hopkins neurovirology laboratory, named in honor of the foundation, is the first in the world to study the role of viruses in mental disorders. Hopkins researchers at the Stanley Laboratory, a part of the Hopkins Children's Center, are discovering evidence that these disorders sometimes may be linked to viruses contracted during infancy.


Image Credit: Keith Weller ROBERT H. YOLKEN, the Theodore and Vada Stanley Distinguished Professor of Neurovirology in Pediatrics, chairs the Division of Pediatric Neurovirology at the Children's Center. A member of the faculty since 1979, he has written more than 200 journal articles. Dr. Yolken's research into serious psychiatric diseases focuses on determining the cellular bases of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He has identified a previously unknown virus in the brain tissue of people with schizophrenia, leading him to suggest that in the future, antiviral medications might be developed to treat or prevent schizophrenia in some individuals.