The has announced a $100 million gift from businessman and philanthropist Charles "Chuck" Feeney in support of new Mission Bay hospitals and research programs focused on aging and neuroscience.
The gift will provide support to UCSF's Sandler Neurosciences Center and neurology programs at Mission Bay focused on finding new diagnostics, treatments, and cures for disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, stroke, migraine, epilepsy, and autism. The gift also will support scholarships for professional students in the university's schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, bolstering its ability to recruit the best and brightest students and recruit promising faculty.
The latest gift from Feeney builds on the $125 million matching gift he made in 2009 to support the hospitals complex and its programs and boosts his total giving to UCSF more than $394 million, including support for , the Smith Cardiovascular Research Building, the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building, making him the single largest contributor to the University of California system.
"As we celebrate UCSF’s one hundred and fiftieth anniversary this year, it is only fitting that we acknowledge the unique role Chuck has played in our history," said UCSF chancellor Sam Hawgood. "While his impact has been felt most profoundly during this past decade, his generosity will carry on forever at our university, in the San Francisco community, throughout the Bay Area, and globally, as our faculty and students advance knowledge and provide the finest clinical care. We are honored that he has decided to invest again in UCSF."