Is Philanthropy Helping to Usher in an Age of Englightenment for Psychiatric Research?

With their recent $25 million gift to University of California San Francisco, Bay Area philanthropists Bill and Susan Oberndorf have become the latest private funders to make a major gift to drive new research in psychiatry and behavioral sciences. We’ve written before about the role of philanthropy in neuroscience and psychiatric research—areas that have traditionally lagged in federal support. In 2014, we covered Ted Stanley’s $650 million commitment to the Broad Institute, gift we reported “researchers hope can kickstart a new golden age of research into psychiatric illness.” And late last year, I wrote about a $20 million research gift by Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund’s that—like the Oerndorfs’ gift—also went to  UCSF. Related:  Recently, as well, I looked at the Leon Levy Foundation, which for the last decade has…


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