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$106 Million Gift to Establish Weill Neurohub with UC Berkeley and University of Washington

Dear UCSF Community:

I am delighted to announce that Joan and Sanford I. “Sandy” Weill, through the Weill Family Foundation, have made a $106 million gift to establish the Weill Neurohub to speed the development of new treatments for neurological and psychiatric diseases.

The network will build upon the tremendous strengths of UCSF, UC Berkeley, and University of Washington (UW) as it forges and nurtures collaborations between neuroscientists, researchers, and clinicians working in an array of disciplines – including engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, and mathematics – and across institutions.

This new gift expands and amplifies the Weills’ considerable existing commitment to the neurosciences at UCSF, which began with their 2016 gift of $185 million to establish the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences and continued with another gift of $5 million.

Operating in concert with the UCSF Weill Institute, the Weill Neurohub will expand the breadth of collaboration through partnerships with these two additional premier West Coast research institutions. It will provide funding for faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students at UW, UC Berkeley, and UCSF who are working on cross-disciplinary projects, including funding for high-risk, high-reward proposals that are particularly innovative and less likely to find support through conventional funding sources.

Stephen L. Hauser, MD, director of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, will serve as one of two co-directors of the Weill Neurohub along with UC Berkeley’s Ehud “Udi” Isacoff, PhD. Together with Tom Daniel, PhD, at UW, they will serve on the Weill Neurohub’s Leadership Committee.

You can read more about the Weill Neurohub at UCSF.edu.

This gift is a powerful example of Joan and Sandy’s ongoing commitment to advancing our understanding of the human brain and discovering new approaches to treating disease, all while encouraging transformative new partnerships that will more quickly lead to answers. We are incredibly grateful for their support.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor