New Sean N. Parker Autoimmune Research Laboratory is Launched at UCSF

UCSF | Pete Farley

Jeffrey Bluestone in his UCSF lab, where he's leading research to better understand autoimmune diseases. Photo by Susan Merrell

A $10 million gift from The Parker Foundation, founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker, will establish a new research laboratory within the Diabetes Center at UC San Francisco devoted to understanding autoimmunity, in the hopes of laying the groundwork for new treatments for diseases ranging from type 1 diabetes to multiple sclerosis to rheumatoid arthritis.

The new center, to be known as the Sean N. Parker Autoimmune Research Laboratory at UCSF, will be headed by UCSF’s Jeffrey A. Bluestone, PhD, one of the world’s leading immunologists.

believe that it is critical to significantly expand our understanding of autoimmune disease mechanisms in order to accelerate the development of new therapies that improve treatments and reduce costs,” said Parker. “I’m confident that under the leadership of Dr. Bluestone, this research initiative will transform our approach to autoimmune diseases and result in improved outcomes for millions of patients.”

The new gift supporting autoimmunity research is one of two made to UCSF this year by Parker, who donated $4.5 million in June, 2015 to the UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative. Continue reading