5 million gift launches UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

SAN FRANCISCO — In the largest-ever gift to UC San Francisco, philanthropists Joan and Sandy Weill have donated $185 million to establish the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, to speed the development of new therapies for diseases affecting the brain and nervous system, including psychiatric disorders. The gift, announced by the couple late Monday night, is one of the largest ever made to support the neurosciences in the United States, and raises philanthropic commitments to UCSF’s neuroscience programs in the last year to more than $500 million. The donation will provide the lead investment for the construction of a new 270,000-square-foot building at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus that will serve as the Weill Institute for Neurosciences headquarters. The new building will house state-of-the-art research laboratories, as well as clinics for…


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