UC San Francisco Receives $20 Million for Mood Disorder Center

UC San Francisco Receives $20 Million for Mood Disorder Center

The University of California, San Francisco has received a $20 million gift from Dagmar Dolby and her son, David, to establish a center for mood disorders within its Department of Psychiatry.

The UCSF Dolby Family Center for Mood Disorders will be an integral component of the university's Weill Institute for Neurosciences, further integrating bench-to-bedside research and patient-centered care in an effort to address the increasing prevalence of mood disorders across diverse patient populations. Faculty members and clinical programs under the center's umbrella will be located in two state-of-the-art buildings currently under construction: the Child, Teen and Family Center, which will house the Department of Psychiatry, and the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building.

The gift from the family also will establish the Dolby Family Precision Medicine in Mood Disorders Program, which initially will focus on treatment-resistant depression. The gift builds on the family's 2015 investment in mood disorders research, which laid the foundation for the type of cross-disciplinary care, clinical research, and basic science that will be formalized under the Dolby Center. The earlier gift also included funding in support of clinical research and treatment programs and to establish the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Faculty Scholar Fund, which supports junior faculty with a special interest in mood disorders.

"This new center will build on our exceptionally strong basic neuroscience program by expanding cutting-edge research, growing our clinical and training efforts, and promoting innovative and collaborative science," said UCSF chancellor Sam Hawgood. "The center will truly foster an unprecedented set of collaborations between the world's leading experts in psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery to advance our understanding of mood disorders and related conditions."

"Dolby Family Gift Launches New UCSF Center for Mood Disorders." University of California, San Francisco Press Release 09/18/2018.