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The Weill Neurohub, established with the exceptional generosity of Joan and Sanford I. “Sandy” Weill and the Weill Family Foundation, brings together world-class researchers and clinicians at three premier West Coast research institutions to speed the development of new treatments for neurological and psychiatric diseases.

By leveraging the unique strengths of the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the University of Washington (the UW), the network forges and nurtures collaborations between neuroscientists and researchers working in an array of disciplines — including engineering, computer sciences, physics, chemistry, and mathematics — and across institutions. Its researchers and clinicians have access to highly novel tools to break through established thinking and inspire powerful innovation for patients in the West and around the world. This collaborative effort is underpinned by unmatched computational power and device manufacturing at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

At the outset, the Weill Neurohub will fund projects built on one or more of four scientific “pillars” deemed most likely to fuel the development of high-impact new approaches to neurological and psychiatric diseases: imaging, engineering, genomics and molecular therapies, and computation and data analytics. No other university or collaboration combines the complementary strengths of these tools and fields to address the human toll of brain diseases and disorders.

The Weill Neurohub prioritizes the growth of established and emerging, cross-campus, interdisciplinary interactions by supporting collaborative research projects with near-term transformational potential; seed-funding novel research ideas led by pioneering investigators; recruiting new talent to fill knowledge gaps; training the next generation of clinicians and scientists; and hosting symposia, retreats, and meetings to share knowledge, encourage new alliances, and inspire investigators and clinicians.



Weill Neurohub Leadership Committee

Since announcing the launch of the Weill Neurohub, we have received feedback from our communities about the lack of diversity on the Weill Neurohub’s Leadership Committee. We appreciate the dialogue this has created, and recognize that we should – and will – do better. Read a joint statement by UCSF, UC Berkeley, and University of Washington.




Paul AlivisatosPaul Alivisatos, PhD
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley

Ana Mari Cauce HeadshotAna Mari Cauce, PhD
President, University of Washington

Yang DanYang Dan, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology, UC Berkeley

Tom Daniel portraitThomas Daniel, PhD
Co-Director, UW Institute for Neuroengineering, University of Washington

Andrew Dillan headshotAndrew Dillin, PhD
Co-Director, Glenn Center for Aging Research, Howard Hughes Medical Insitute Investigator, UC Berkeley

Dena Dubal headshot

Dena Dubal, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurology, UCSF

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Michael Freedman
Weill Family Foundation

Ying-Hui Fu

Ying-Hui Fu, PhD
Professor, Neurology, UCSF

Stephen L. Hauser, MD
Director, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, UCSF

Sam Hawgood headshotSam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor, UCSF

Ehud Isacoff headshotEhud Isacoff, PhD
Director, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, UC Berkeley

Daniela Kaufer Daniela Kaufer, PhD
Professor of of Integrative Biology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, UC Berkeley

Matthew StateMatthew State, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF


Jürgen UnützerJürgen Unützer, MD
Professor and Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

Joan WeillJoan Weill
Weill Family Foundation

Marc Weill

Marc Weill
Weill Family Foundation



Sandy WeillSanford I. Weill
Chairman, Weill Family Foundation



University Leadership

Ana Mari Cauce HeadshotAna Mari Cauce, PhD
President, University of Washington

Carol T Christ headshotCarol T. Christ, PhD
Chancellor, UC Berkeley

Sam Hawgood headshotSam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor, UCSF


About the Donors

Sandy and Joan WeillJoan and Sandy Weill are prolific philanthropists who have made more than $1 billion in gifts to educational and cultural institutions, including $185 million to establish the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

Over the course of a four-decade career as a banker and financier, Sandy served as president of American Express and chairman and CEO of Citigroup. Joan is chair emerita for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, having served in the role for 14 years. The company’s theater is named in her honor.

Lifelong residents of the East Coast, the Weills established residence in Northern California nearly a decade ago, and recent gifts reflect an interest in expanding their philanthropic contributions to support excellence on both coasts.