Financier Sandy Weill and wife Joan aim to advance brain research with 5 million gift

Sandy and Joan Weill attend the 2015 Alvin Ailey Opening Night Benefit Gala at New York City Center on Dec. 2, 2015. (Photo by Ron Adar/Getty Images)Financier Sanford I. “Sandy” Weill and his wife Joan on Tuesday announced a $185 million gift for brain research that they hope will radically change the way we approach issues ranging from mental illnesses and migraines to sleep by bringing them under the umbrella of neurosciences. The gift — one of the largest in history in this field — will go to the University of California, San Francisco for the creation of the Weill Institute for Neurosciences and will consolidate various departments within the medical center and add 45 new basic research labs addressing a wide variety of brain-related conditions. In an interview, the Weills described their donation as deeply personal. Sandy Weill’s…


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