The University of California, San Francisco, has received its largest estate gift ever with a $48 million bequest from the estate of Nina Ireland, a longtime supporter of the school, UC San Francisco announced in a statement Monday.
The bequest will benefit pulmonary medicine research at the campus furthering the university’s leadership in the study and treatment of pulmonary conditions, such as interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, they said.
Ireland pass away Oct. 7, 2010 and her gifts to the university spanned three decades, establishing the Nina Ireland Laboratory of Developmental Biology, the Nina Ireland Distinguished Professorship Program and Director of the Nina Ireland Lung Disease Center, UCSF said.
“We are profoundly grateful for Ms. Ireland’s extraordinary generosity to UCSF,” School of Medicine Dean Sam Hawgood said. “Her sustained investment in this institution has led to pioneering advances in human health and her final contribution promises to bring about fundamental progress in the field of pulmonary medicine.”