Accelerate the Neurosciences

Neuroscientists at UCSF use sophisticated virtual reality technology to better understand the vastly complex biological mechanisms of the human brain.

Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, depression, addiction … countless families have experienced the tremendous toll of these and other neurologic and psychiatric diseases. UCSF aims to upend these challenging illnesses through vital research into the mysteries of the brain.

Your gifts in support of neuroscience empower UCSF researchers to explore the brain’s complex terrain and translate their discoveries into new treatments, cures, and preventive measures for neurologic and psychiatric illnesses. The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences stands at the forefront of this trailblazing work.

The soul of the new UCSF Weill Institute is in breaking down these boundaries within the neurosciences, bringing together the most talented people in science and medicine for the benefit of our patients.

STEPHEN L. HAUSER, MD, Director, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences; Chair, Department of Neurology; Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor in Neurology

This bold new institute unites our departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery – all ranked among the best in the nation – with our Neuroscience Graduate Program and the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases. It will also include a new 270,000-square-foot neurosciences building on our Mission Bay campus.

The result is a multidisciplinary powerhouse where hundreds of UCSF faculty members, physicians, researchers, and students will work side-by-side, seeking novel ways to prevent, treat, and repair the damage caused by brain diseases and disorders.

Technological advances, many of which were developed right here at UCSF, provide a window into how the brain works and are launching an unprecedented age of discovery in neuroscience. Your generosity will spur progress in brain health and help UCSF lead the way to better care for millions of patients worldwide. 

Watch this video to learn more about the breadth and vision of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.


Ranking for neurosurgery research funding from the National Institutes of Health

Top 3

Ranking among nation’s hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery programs (U.S. News & World Report)


Ranking for neuroscience among universities globally (U.S. News & World Report)

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