The Stavros Niarchos Foundation gives $205 million to three American universities and institutes for health initiatives


The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Donates Total $205 Million to Rockefeller University, Columbia University and New York University child mind institute. Donations are part of SNF’s more than $700 million Health Initiativea philanthropic effort that began in 2017.

Rockefeller University

Rockefeller University received $75 million from SNF to establish the SNF Institute for Infectious Disease Research. The new center will feature international scientific collaborations involving both basic and translational research, under the leadership of Nobel Laureate Charles Rice, chair of the New York State COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force.

“We are deeply grateful to SNF for their extraordinary generosity in establishing the visionary SNF Institute for Global Infectious Disease Research at Rockefeller,” Rockefeller University President Richard Lifton said in the statement. foundation press release. “The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical need to invest in infectious disease research to understand the biology of pathogens and their interactions with host species to enable the development of broadly effective and sustainable vaccines and therapeutics. . The SNF Institute will accelerate research innovation and provide science education and public outreach to the global community. SNF’s response to the pandemic has set the standard for humanitarian action in the face of a crisis, and is uniquely suited to partner with Rockefeller to make this vision for global disease research a reality.

Colombia University

Columbia University will also receive $75 million, which it will use to establish the SNF Center for Precision Psychiatry and Mental Health. The center will focus on the use of precision medicine – in particular genomics – in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

“The insights provided by genomics and precision medicine are proving extremely valuable in improving people’s health and lives,” said Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University. “Through this new center, our researchers can address an urgent human need by harnessing precision medicine to promote mental health for all. We are extremely grateful to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for partnering with Columbia to address this profound scientific and humanitarian challenge.

The Child Mind Institute

The third donation is $55 million and is being given to the Child Mind Institute to form the SNF Global Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. The Center will focus on expanding access to mental health care for children and young people around the world, addressing what SNF has called “three of the biggest barriers preventing young people around the world from receiving effective mental health care: lack of access to information, insufficient quality of care and stigma.

“The crisis in children’s mental health is the defining public health challenge of the next generation,” said Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, founding president and medical director of the Child Mind Institute. “And the crisis is global, disproportionately affecting marginalized children and families everywhere. The Child Mind Institute is extremely grateful for the generosity and vision of SNF as we work together to reduce stigma, improve access to care, and transform mental health care for children, everywhere.

Each of the beneficiaries has received support from the SNF in the past. SNF was one of the original donors when the Child Mind Institute opened in 2009. It was a major donor to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation – David Rockefeller River Campus at Rockefeller University. And the NSF has long supported programs to educate the public about Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia.

About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation was founded by Greek billionaire and shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos, who dedicated a significant portion of his estate to it. It began giving grants in 1996 and has become one of the world’s leading international philanthropic organizations. The SNF makes grants to non-profit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare.

Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over 5,000 grants involving commitments of over $3.2 billion in over 135 different countries.

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