UCLA Receives $25 Million for Parkinson's Research

UCLA Receives $25 Million for Parkinson's Research

The University of California, Los Angeles has announced a $25 million gift from the Steven Gordon Family Foundation in support of efforts to accelerate research on Parkinson's disease.

The gift from the executive committee member of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA and his wife will create the UCLA Laurie and Steven Gordon Commitment to Cure Parkinson's Disease at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and provide funds for five endowed faculty chairs in fields related to Parkinson's, as well as a new lab with positron emission tomography (PET) scan and MRI technology. In recognition of the gift, UCLA will rename its neurosciences research building and the new imaging lab after the couple.

Steven Gordon is chair and principal owner of Domino Realty, a real estate holding company and venture firm, and president of the Gordon Family Foundation. He also serves on the boards of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the UCLA Health System, and the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. Laurie Gordon is a former attorney for United Artists Communications and former vice president of Warner Bros. International Theatres.

The gift builds on previous gifts by the Gordons in support of Parkinson's research at UCLA, including their endowment of the Steven C. Gordon Family Chair in Parkinson's Disease Research and a research collaboration with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

"The Gordons are generous funders of neuroscience investigations as well as influential advocates for families affected by Parkinson's disease," said John Mazziotta, vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health. "The foundation's gift is a testament to Laurie's and Steve's dedication to improving the lives and the health of people suffering from Parkinson's."

"$25 Million Gift Will Advance Parkinson's Research at UCLA." University of California, Los Angeles Press Release 10/31/2018.