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$20 million gift launches new hub for global health at UCSF
Date:9/20/2012

The University of California, San Francisco has received a $20 million gift from philanthropist Chuck Feeney to build a new hub for Global Health Sciences at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Feeney made the gift through The Atlantic Philanthropies, the foundation he created in 1982.

This commitment brings Atlantic's total support of UCSF Mission Bay to more than $292 million, making Feeney the single greatest contributor to any campus in the University of California system.

"Chuck Feeney has been instrumental in building the Mission Bay campus into one of the world's leading centers for innovative health sciences," said UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH. "His support for Global Health Sciences will enable us to translate that vision into a direct impact throughout the world."

The new gift will allow UCSF, for the first time, to have one physical location for global health researchers, scientists and students, and will jumpstart the university's vision to become one of the world's leading centers for global health sciences.

"There is tremendous interest among our faculty and students in having a global impact on health, ranging from the most remote villages in Africa to cities here in the United States," said Jaime Seplveda, MD, DrSc, MPH, executive director of UCSF Global Health Sciences, who joined the university in September 2011. "This building will enable us to place scientists, students and health care professionals in one physical space, on one of the most dynamic health sciences campuses in the world, to train the next generation of leaders in this field."

The gift and building will enable UCSF to create a hub for global health research and education, by tapping the intellectual capital of the San Francisco Bay Area which includes some of the world's top universities, centers of innovation in both biosciences and technology, and entrepreneurship. The region is also naturally suited as a global healt
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Contact: Kristen Bole
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415-502-6397
University of California - San Francisco
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