UCSF receives $50 million gift
for new cardiovascular clinic
By Caitlin Cassady, Bay City News Service
March 27, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - More than 20 percent of the cost
for University of California, San Francisco's new building for
cardiovascular research and clinical treatment has been covered
by a $50 million gift from The Atlantic Philanthropies.
The new 232,000 square-foot building, located at the school's
Mission Bay Campus, will house both research scientists and clinicians
in order to accelerate efforts to understand cardiovascular diseases
such as heart attack and stroke, according to Corinna Kaarlela,
a spokeswoman for UCSF.
The UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute will be moved to the
new building, to collaborate with a new center for prevention
of cardiovascular disease, with an outpatient facility that will
focus on advancing ways to predict and prevent heart disease.
"This is an extraordinary opportunity to develop a disease-focused
research program and clinical facility literally from the ground
up,'' said Shaun Coughlin, director of the research institute,
in a prepared statement.
The new building will integrate many different levels of research
and promote collaboration between different fields of study. By
bringing together scientists and clinicians that are now dispersed
amongst different campuses, UCSF hopes to attain a new level of
sophistication in thinking about heart disease and "speed
the pace of translating the research into new treatments for patients,''
The $50 million grant is the largest cash gift the university
has ever received, as well as the second major gift that the Mission
Bay campus has received from Atlantic Philanthropies, according
to Kaarlela. The foundation also contributed $20 million to the
Helen Diller Family Cancer Research building that is now under
UCSF has allocated $52 million of its own resources to go toward
the new cardiology clinic, and an anonymous donor contributed
The university is currently seeking major gifts from other foundations
and individuals in order to cover the remainder of the projected
$241 million price tag, reported Kaarlela.
Construction of the building is expected to begin in 2008 and
be completed in 2011.
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