Dolby Family Gift Launches New UCSF Center for Mood Disorders

September 19, 2018 Updated: September 19, 2018

A $20 million gift from the longtime University of California at San Francisco donors Dagmar and David Dolby will establish the UCSF Dolby Family Center for Mood Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the university.

The new center will be part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, which integrates bench-to-bedside research and patient-centered care aiming to address the increasing prevalence of mood disorders across diverse populations, according to university officials.

The center will be housed within two state-of-the-art buildings. The Child, Teen, and Family Center will house the Department of Psychiatry as well as faculty and clinical programs while the balance of the center will be in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building that will also house faculty and programs.

The investment will also establish the Dolby Family Precision Medicine in Mood Disorders Program that will initially focus on treatment-resistant depression.

The gift builds on the Dolby family’s 2015 investment in mood disorders research and funding to support clinical research and treatment programs and to establish the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Faculty Scholar Fund.

By Nuria Marquez