For the first time, advances in technology have made understanding and treating the brain a real possibility. At UCSF, we are seizing this unprecedented opportunity to change the course of neurological disease research and treatment.


Neurosciences Initiative at UCSF

Fifty million people in the U.S. alone suffer from neurological disorders. The conditions exact a heavy toll in both human and economic terms – significantly impairing nearly 1 in 5 Americans and costing the nation more than $600 billion each year. At present, there are no known cures for neurological diseases.

Through the UCSF Neurosciences Initiative (NI), UCSF aims to develop cures, treatments and prevention measures for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke, addiction and other major neurological diseases. We are ideally positioned to deliver on this goal. Our multidisciplinary team of experts has uncovered the pathways that lead to neurological diseases – and the NI will provide them with the means to transform these findings into cures.


  • Ranked first in neurology-related research funding from the National Institutes of Health
  • Ranked third among nation’s hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery programs by U.S. News & World Report
  • Discovered prions, Nobel-winning work which led to the realization that all forms of degeneration are caused by proteins that change shape
  • Conducted revolutionary basic research that resulted in remarkable new approach for treating multiple sclerosis
  • Achieved breakthrough in identifying how normal vision develops, which was crucial to understanding defined spans of time in which learning for specific behavior or ability is optimal

"What we hope to accomplish in this new building is a bit audacious and extraordinarily exciting. We can bring together neuroscientists, clinical scientists and clinicians treating patients to understand how a healthy brain works – and what goes wrong when it becomes diseased." - Stephen Hauser, MD, Department of Neurology chair, Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor

For more information on supporting Neurosciences at UCSF, please contact Sean Gallagher at or 415/502-6198.