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Madison, Wisconsin - A recent dedication ceremony at the University of Wisconsin-Madison HealthEmotions Research Institute honored the legacy of Louis A. Holland and celebrated his achievements by naming the institute's boardroom the "Louis A. Holland Family Boardroom."


The HealthEmotions Research Institute is dedicated to creating new treatments to increase well being by developing an understanding of how the brain and emotions influence mental and physical health.


Holland has been an important supporter of the institute's efforts since its early days. Three generations of the Holland family attended the dedication event in recognition of Louis Holland's commitment to the institute.


"We are incredibly grateful for the generosity and support of Lou Holland and his family," said Dr. Ned H. Kalin, director of the institute and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.


Holland attended UW-Madison with scholarships in both football and track. As a member of the UW football team, he provided many memorable moments, including a 13-yard touchdown run in the 1963 Rose Bowl game against the University of Southern California.


He was an active and enthusiastic member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He graduated in 1965 with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics.


After college, Holland went on to play professional football briefly for the Chicago Bears and for the British Columbia Lions in the Canadian Football League.


His successful career as an investment management executive and entrepreneur spanned 40 years. In 1968, Holland began his career at A.G. Becker Paribas Inc. He went on to establish Hahn Holland and Grossman in 1983 and he founded Holland Capital Management in 1991.


He appeared on the PBS television show "Wall Street Week" with Louis Rukeyser for 22 years.


Throughout his career, Holland made time for his alma mater: He was a respected member of the UW Foundation board of directors, and devoted time and energy to advisory boards for the UW Athletic Department, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and School of Business. In 1990, he was given the Wisconsin Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.


Holland established the Holland HealthEmotions Research Fund to further the research goals of the institute.


"This gift will fund our research on the biology of emotions and allow us to further understand how to help individuals become more resilient by facilitating long-term brain changes in function and perhaps even structure," said Kalin.


According to his oldest son, Lou Holland, Jr., "My father and our family believe in the work that Dr. Kalin and his team of researchers are doing in understanding how the brain and emotions influence mental and physical health. We believe it is life-changing for all individuals. And it is of particular interest to those already dealing with mental illness. I encourage everyone to support the Holland HealthEmotions Research Fund and its important work."


Based in the UW Department of Psychiatry, the HealthEmotions Research Institute uses state-of-the-art scientific methods developed for the study of mental and physical illness to study the relationship between brain emotions and health.


Understanding how states of mind influence the body is part of the next great frontier in brain research. The results will have profound consequences for scientists' understanding of the biology of emotion, the concept of health, the prevention of disease and the promotion of resilience.

Date Published: 05/04/2010

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