reprinted from Issue 12, Spring 2011 of Frontiers of Medicine (PDF)
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On October 7, 2010, Nina Ireland, a long-time supporter and friend of UCSF, passed away at UCSF Medical Center after a brief illness. Her generosity to UCSF spanned three decades and included establish- ment of the Nina Ireland Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology; endowment of the Nina Ireland Distinguished Professorship in Child Psychiatry, currently held by John Rubenstein, MD, PhD; and funding of the Nina Ireland Distinguished Professorship in Pulmonary Medicine to support the work of Jeff Golden, MD.
Shortly after Ms. Ireland’s death, the University received word that she had left nearly her entire $48 million estate to UCSF in support of pulmonary medicine under Golden’s direction. This is the largest bequest ever left to UCSF and believed to be the largest gift to pulmonary medicine ever.
Preliminary plans are for The Center to be dedicated to advancing the under-standing of the causes, prevention, and treatment of lung disease. In particular, the center will further enhance the role of UCSF in the field of advanced lung disease including lung transplantation and interstitial lung diseases. The Center will also be involved with developing pulmonary rehabilitation on the campus as well innovative methods to help the underserved in the San Francisco Bay area and abroad. Such a Center would include endowed faculty positions, research fellowships and improved clinical services.