Dr. Linda Liau, Ph.D. '99, with Ted Gagliano. Photo: UCLA Photography
The Joyce and Saul Brandman Foundation pledged $2 million to the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. The Brandmans provided long-standing support for the division, including the establishment of the Saul Brandman Endowed Chair in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. President and managing director of the foundation, Mrs. Brandman, as an engaged philanthropist and committed proponent of excellence in healthcare, continues to expand her and the late Mr. Brandman's vision of improving lives. This contribution will underwrite pioneering research and exceptional clinical care in the field.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation awarded $164,995 to Dr. Jeanne Miranda in the Center for Health Services and Society. This gift funds an intervention developed for families adopting older children from foster care. The goal is to help the families adjust and improve the functioning and mental health of the adoptees.
The Furlotti Family Foundation has made a $300,000 pledge and $100,000 first payment to support the Mindful Awareness Research Center. In addition, the foundation contributed $100,000 to the Family Development Project, which enables the project to carry on the legacy of its founder Dr. Christoph Heinicke, who passed away on June 17, 2012.
Film executive Ted Gagliano has committed $1 million to support the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery's brain cancer research. He was invited by a colleague to attend UCLA Neurosurgery's 2011 Visionary Ball the same night that one of his closest friends was undergoing surgery to remove a glioblastoma, a fast-growing, lethal brain tumor. Inspired at the event by survivors' stories, Mr. Gagliano learned of UCLA's great work in the area and wanted to do more to help. Funds from his pledge will allow Dr. Linda Liau, Ph.D '99, Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, to test a new approach that trains a patient's immune system to recognize and destroy brain cancer cells. In addition, he joined the department's board of advisors and hosted the first Golden Portal Awards, an annual event that benefits and pays tribute to excellence in film and science. In recognition of Mr. Gagliano's contributions, he will be presented with the prestigious Luminary Award at the 2012 Visionary Ball.
The Merkin Family Foundation completed its pledge to the UCLA Department of Neurology with a recent gift. The foundation's contributions created the Richard Merkin Foundation for Neural Regeneration at UCLA to support Dr. Bruce Dobkin's research in neural repair and rehabilitation.
Shlomo Rechnitz and Steve Rechnitz contributed to the UCLA Longevity Center's ICON Awards Gala on June 6, 2012, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The twin brothers received the ICON Award for Visionary Leadership in Business and Philanthropy at the annual fundraiser.
The Seaver Institute has made a gift of $125,000 to the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation to advance groundbreaking melanoma research under the direction of Drs. Antoni Ribas and Roger Lo. To date, the institute has contributed $250,000 to prevent acquired resistance to effective new targeted therapies for BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma.
The Sidell-Kagan Foundation made a $400,000 gift to provide continuous support of the Katherine & Benjamin Kagan Alzheimer's Disease Treatment Program at UCLA. The program provides access for patients to the latest experimental therapies and offers eligible subjects participation in various research studies related to memory and dementia.
The estate of Laura Ziskin has made a bequest of more than $1.3 million to the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation to support the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program. This planned gift completes a long-standing commitment to the pioneering efforts of Drs. Dennis Slamon and John Glaspy, M.D. '79, at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.