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Giving Opportunities

The Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is on the leading edge of discovering potential treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease. Private support to the university program is essential to accelerate this important research which promises to bring new therapies that will have global significance.

Specific giving opportunities include:

The Leon J. Thal Educational Scholarship in Neurosciences

Named in honor of Leon Thal, late director of UC San Diego’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the Educational Scholarship in Neurosciences is an endowed scholarship fund that provides perpetual support to Neuroscience graduate students, residents and fellows who are pursuing a path in Alzheimer’s Disease research.

Even small gifts, pooled with those of other friends of the center, can make a great impact on finding treatments and the cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.


Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Greatest Needs

Private support allows for groundbreaking research into Alzheimer’s Disease to take place at an accelerated pace, helping scientists make the leap from bench to bedside, from laboratory to patient. Gifts of any size can make a great impact on the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, providing funding to cover its greatest needs, ranging from research into the causes of Alzheimer’s and effective drugs to fight the disease, to the purchase and upkeep of research equipment, to the management of clinical trials. Funds given for the center’s greatest needs also support specialized family programs designed for those affected by the disease and their families and caregivers.

For questions, or to learn more on how you can support the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, please contact Laura Adler at or (858) 246-1141.