UCSF receives $20M Stem Cell Building Gift
- The structure will be the headquarters for the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCSF to develop strategies for treating a variety of diseases and conditions, such as birth defects, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal cord. At full capacity, will house 25 laboratories, serving as the headquarters of programs that will continue to extend across all UCSF campuses;
- The donation is the Dolby’s’ 2nd gift to UCSF for this purpose. In 2006, they contributed $16M, launching the university’s fundraising campaign for the $123.3M structure. They also had donated $5M to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).
The Bottom Line: A new building will play a critical role in enabling UCSF scientists to expand their hESC studies on campus. For the last 3 years, scientists have been conducting this research off of university property, due to federal funding restrictions that severely restrict the ability to carry out research involving human embryos in federally funded buildings. Many buildings have been funded for/by government funds. The Dolby’s’ gifts have played a key role in helping UCSF build its stem cell program,