Archstone Foundation has made a 10-year commitment of $1 million to expand the existing Archstone Foundation Endowed Chair in Geriatrics held by Dr. David Reuben (FEL ’88), chief of the Division of Geriatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The funding will allow Dr. Reuben to conduct further research into improving health care for older adults and enhancing the geriatrics competence of the division’s faculty members.
UCLA alumni Rodney Chase and Harvey Glasner, along with the Fineberg Foundation, have made a contribution to the UCLA Department of Neurology to benefit Alzheimer’s disease research. The funding will support validation studies of previously identified regulators or “master controller molecules” of major inflammatory pathways linked to Alzheimer’s disease. These investigations may open the door to identifying new therapeutic targets in inflammation in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has committed $1 million to expand access to high-quality health care for under-resourced and at-risk populations. The gift will support the President’s Strategic Fund, which ensures that UCLA Health has the resources to meet the complex needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable patients for whom an emergency or hospitalization can increase financial hardship. The foundation’s investment also benefits the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Stuart House, its model program that serves the special needs of sexually abused children. The Cohens built their foundation on the belief that by leading by example, people will be inspired to give and take action.
Longtime UCLA supporters Carol and James Collins and their family have donated $5 million to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to improve services and enhance well-being for older adults. The contribution establishes the Carol and James Collins Endowed Fund in Geriatric Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Brandon Koretz (RES ’99, FEL ’00), co-chief of the UCLA Division of Geriatrics and Carol and James Collins Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine. The gift will provide dedicated funds to support both the current needs of the division, such as the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program, Medical Home Visit Program, Generation Xchange Program and geriatric physician training, as well as provide flexibility to invest in future innovative research, programs and personnel. This philanthropic investment will have an enduring impact on programs within the UCLA Division of Geriatrics and on older people throughout Los Angeles, California and the nation.
The Steven Gordon Family Foundation has made a $25 million gift to create the UCLA Laurie and Steven Gordon Commitment to Cure Parkinson’s Disease. The contribution will accelerate research into the disorder, which affects more than 10 million people around the world, and establish five endowed faculty chairs in fields related to Parkinson’s in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The funds also will support a new lab with positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging technology, where scientists can closely examine the mechanisms of the disease. The Gordons are generous funders of neuroscience investigations, as well as influential advocates for families affected by Parkinson’s disease. This gift complements previous giving by the Gordons directed to Parkinson’s research at UCLA, including their endowment of the Steven C. Gordon Family Chair in Parkinson’s Disease Research held by Dr. Carlos Portera-Cailliau, and support for a research collaboration with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. In recognition of this gift, UCLA’s Neuroscience Research Building will be renamed the Laurie and Steven Gordon Neurosciences Research Building, and the new imaging laboratory will be named for the couple.
The L.A. Care Health Plan has contributed $1.3 million to support full scholarships at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The gift is part of the L.A. Care Elevating the Safety Net Scholarship Program that is intended to address the growing shortage of primary care physicians and recruit more physicians to serve the county’s most vulnerable residents. Thanks to this gift, eight students have received full scholarships. Four recipients will attend UCLA and four will attend the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
The Wilbur May Foundation donated $200,000 to the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic (UMEC). This gift will help support UMEC’s efforts to care for school-aged children in underserved communities and provide them with eye exams and eye glasses. Dr. Richard C. Onofrio has made a gift of $1 million to establish the Richard C. Onofrio, M.D. Endowed Fund in Resident and Fellow Education within the UCLA Department of Urology. Resident and fellow education is one of the highest funding priorities for Dr. Mark S. Litwin (FEL ’93), chair of the UCLA Department of Urology. This important philanthropic commitment will provide vital resources to promote and improve the training and educational needs of the department and stimulate the careers of young residents and fellows.
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has received $3 million from The Louis and Harold Price Foundation to support the spinal cord work of Dr. Daniel Lu, associate professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Neuromotor Recovery and Rehabilitation Center. The contribution will help fund research on mobility and function for patients with spinal cord injuries and will enable Dr. Lu to test potential groundbreaking therapies in larger patient groups. The expanded studies will evaluate whether various spinal stimulation approaches improve patient outcomes such as strength, mobility of limbs and bladder control. The Price Foundation has supported UCLA for more than five decades through its commitment to education, health, social services and the arts.
UCLA Foundation Board past-chair Shirley Wang and Walter Wang have established the Shirley and Walter Wang Fund for Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) East to help implement the Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) program in Taiwan. Created by the DGC team, the STAND treatment approach is already operational at UCLA. A key feature of STAND is the DGC’s Mental Health Tracker mobile application, currently being translated into Chinese for use in Taiwan, that detects depression, assesses symptoms and helps provide treatment. The generosity of the Wang family brings UCLA one step closer to realizing its vision of cutting the global burden of depression in half by 2050.
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