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The Bloomfield Family Foundation, in memory of Kory Lewis Hunter, made a $250,000 gift to support Dr. Timothy Cloughesy (RES ’91, FEL ’92), director of the UCLA Neuro-Oncology Program, and his innovative brain cancer research. Mr. Hunter passed away in May at the age of 43, after a 22-month battle with brain cancer. He was a devoted husband, father, brother and son and a dedicated community volunteer, committed to helping others.

The Goldhirsh-Yellin Foundation made a multi-year gift of $675,000 to the UCLA Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension to support the research of Dr. Anthony Heaney, director of the UCLA Pituitary Tumor and Neuroendocrine Program. Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are difficult to diagnose in the early stages and often present with extensive metastases. While the death rates from many cancers have decreased in recent years, mortality rates for NETs remain high. This vital support will provide seed money for promising innovative research leading to a better understanding of the progression of the disease and novel treatments to combat these intractable and often fatal cancers.

Melissa and Timothy Pennington have pledged $300,000 to the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at UCLA to advance pediatric sarcoma care and research under the direction of Dr. Noah Federman (RES ’05, FEL ’08). This generous gift continues the Penningtons’ ongoing support of Dr. Federman’s life-changing efforts and complements their longstanding commitment to highest priority research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Jean Perkins Foundation continues to generously support the UCLA Department of Surgery’s Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT). The foundation renewed its commitment with a $425,000 gift that will underwrite the Prosthetic and Balance Haptic Project and fund a new MIMIC surgical simulation training system. Joining a da Vinci robotic surgery system, a human patient simulator and laparoscopic surgical simulators and tools maintained by CASIT, the MIMIC will help recreate the look and feel of operating on the robot. It will provide 3D visualization across a wide variety of surgical-skills exercises and enable residents, fellows and students to realistically learn the robotic-surgery system. CASIT, a research facility led by executive director Dr. E. Carmack Holmes, professor of surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has a mission to advance surgical and interventional technology and revolutionize surgical education and training.

To learn more about CASIT, go to: casit.ucla.edu

The Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation has made a $100,000 payment toward its $200,000 pledge to the Nathanson Family Resilience Center in the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. This gift will enable Dr. Patricia Lester (FEL ’00), director of the center, and her colleagues to adapt the FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) on the Go! mobile application to promote wellness in foster youth and families.

  Board members of The Thalians present a check to Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Stewart & Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.
  Ruta Lee (chair emeritus), Stephanie J. Hibler, Barbara Cohen-Wolfe, Kira Lorsch, Frank Sheftel, Brian Theobald, Larry Wolfe and Andrew Mc Donald.
 

Pictured are Ruta Lee (chair emeritus), Stephanie J. Hibler, Barbara Cohen-Wolfe, Kira Lorsch, Frank Sheftel, Brian Theobald, Larry Wolfe and Andrew Mc Donald.
Photo: Reed Hutchinson

The Thalians made a $100,000 gift to the Stewart & Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA to help support mental-health services for members of the United States military and their families who come to UCLA through Operation Mend. The check was presented during The Thalians’ annual Holiday Dinner Dance at Bel-Air Country Club on December 6, 2013. For more than 60 years, The Thalians “Hollywood for Mental Health” has made great strides in raising awareness of mental illness and supporting research, education and treatment for patients of all ages.

Bob and Marion Wilson made a generous gift of $1 million to fund research on early detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease under the direction of Dr. Gary Small (FEL ’83), Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging in the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. The Wilsons, both UCLA alumni, have provided longstanding support for a multitude of programs within UCLA.

The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at UCLA has received a $300,000 gift from Denise and Peter Wittich to support The Wittich Family Program for Clinical/Translational Cancer Research under the direction of Dr. Dennis Slamon (FEL ’82) at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Through its philanthropic partnership, the Wittich family is advancing Dr. Slamon’s vision for the development of novel, targeted therapies that are effective across a range of cancers.

 





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