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

h center due to its diverse population and position as a gateway to both Asia and Latin America.

"We have an opportunity here in San Francisco to have an impact on global health that is unique in the world," Seplveda said. "This building will help us achieve that."

The gift also furthers Feeney's vision for UCSF Mission Bay to become "one of the major bioscience centers of the world," helping improve health for people worldwide. As such, this investment builds upon his long-term efforts to support health and education throughout the world, from district hospitals in Vietnam to the Irish university system and his alma mater, Cornell University. In July of 2012, Atlantic announced its plans to give away the remaining $1.3 billion of its endowment by 2016, on top of the $6.2 billion the foundation has already donated to mission-driven organizations around the world.

"Chuck Feeney exemplifies 'Giving While Living:' he is committed to helping solve the world's urgent problems now, before they become even more difficult to surmount," said Christopher G. Oechsli, Atlantic's President and CEO. "He has confidence that UCSF and Mission Bay will be the hub for many of those global solutions."

UCSF has a long history of tackling critical global health issues, including serving at the forefront of research and care in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, conducting extensive research in parasitic diseases such as malaria and Chagas Disease, and demonstrating a commitment to addressing health disparities worldwide, including in San Francisco.

Roughly 1,200 faculty, staff and students at UCSF currently are engaged in global health activities, which reach almost every country in the world. In response to that engagement and student interest, UCSF created the nation's first master's program in global health sciences. Now entering its fifth year, the program currently has 40 students. Seplveda said the program expects to double its student body in the
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Contact: Kristen Bole
krisen.bole@ucsf.edu
415-502-6397
University of California - San Francisco
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