Diabetes Center Receives $10 Million Gift to Launch Sean N. Parker Autoimmune Research Laboratory

Diabetes Center at UCSF

SAN FRANCISCO (November 17, 2015)

A gift of $10 million from The Parker Foundation, founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker, will establish the Sean N. Parker Autoimmune Research Laboratory within the Diabetes Center at UCSF. The new center will be headed by UCSF’s Jeffrey A. Bluestone, PhD, one of the world’s leading immunologists. The goal of the laboratory is to advance the understanding and treatment of type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

“This transformational gift is a testament to Dr. Bluestone’s leadership in the immunology field, as well as the Diabetes Center’s instrumental role in shaping diabetes research and care,” says Matthias Hebrok, PhD, director of the Diabetes Center. “We are very grateful for The Parker Foundation’s support, which will further strengthen the Diabetes Center’s outstanding research program in autoimmune diseases.”

Read more about this exciting gift here.

Caption: Immunologist Jeff Bluestone in his lab with postdoctoral fellows Armando Villalta and Melanie Matheu. (Photo: Susan Merrell, UCSF)