Joe Donahoo from UCLA Newsroom reports that UCLA has received $25 million donation to create the UCLA Laurie and Steven Gordon Commitment to Cure Parkinson’s Disease at the David Geffen School of Medicine. The funding will drive initiative to accelerate clinical research into the disease impacting over 10 million people worldwide. The Steven Gordon Family Foundation funding will support the following:
- Fund research
- Establish five endowed faculty chairs in fields relating to Parkinon’s
- Support new lab with positron emission tomography (PET scan)
- MRI technology
Steven Gordon, the foundation’s president, is a member of the executive committee for the Centennial Campaign for UCLA, and on boards for the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the UCLA Health System and the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. He and his wife, Laurie, chair of the board of advisors of the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, have been steadfast advocates for funding neuroscience training and research, including in depression and Parkinson’s disease, at UCLA.