The University of Southern California has announced a $20 million gift from Mei-Lee Ney to create a research center focused on longevity and healthy aging.
The largest gift in the forty-three-year history of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology will establish the Ney Center for Healthspan Science and support the university's efforts to improve health and longevity across the life span. As envisioned, the center will serve as a hub of multidisciplinary exploration into the biological, demographic, and psychosocial aspects of aging and leverage the school's wide-ranging expertise in the science of aging as well as innovations designed to help people live with purpose, safety, and security into their golden years.
A native of Shanghai, Ney is president of Richard Ney & Associates Asset Management, Inc., an investment advisory firm she joined in 1973. She has served on the board of the Davis School since 2014 and previously funded an endowed scholarship for gerontology students. In 2017 she was awarded the Dean's Medallion, the Davis School's highest honor, in recognition of her contributions.
"Bringing scientists and experts from disparate fields together to focus on healthy aging will allow USC researchers to embrace the challenges and opportunities of our aging society, both locally and on the world stage," said Ney.
"Our highly skilled researchers and scholars at USC Leonard Davis and across the university are tackling one of the greatest challenges in society today: ensuring that we remain healthy and happy as we get older," said USC president C.L. Max Nikias. "This extraordinarily generous support from Mei-Lee Ney provides our scientists with valuable resources needed to advance their innovative research on longevity and well-being."