University of California-San Francisco Receives $35 Million for New Cancer Research Center
A $35 million private donation from the Helen Diller Family Foundation will go toward a new cancer center on the University of California-San Francisco's Mission Bay campus, university officials announced Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The donation, the largest one-time gift UCSF has received from an individual donor, will enable university officials to move forward with construction plans for the cancer center. The center has a proposed completion date of 2006, provided that university regents approve the beginning of construction, according to the Chronicle. University officials need to secure a total of $85 million in private donations to build the $120 million center. UCSF will consolidate its cancer research programs -- including those for bladder, brain, kidney and prostate cancers -- in the new five-story center, to be named the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building. The cancer center will be part of the new UCSF Mission Bay campus, which will include 20 buildings and will double UCSF's research and teaching space when it is completed in 15 years. Helen Diller said, "By supporting the new Mission Bay campus we are not only aiding the scientists researching a cure for this devastating disease, but also we have been presented with the joy of participating in the development of an entirely new section of this very beautiful city" (Tansey, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/28).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.