Terry S. Semel and Jane Bovington Semel have donated $25 million to endow
the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles
(UCLA). The gift is one of the nation's largest dedicated exclusively to the
better understanding of the brain, according to Peter Whybrow, M.D., the
Semel, who is the chair and chief executive officer of Yahoo Inc., and his
wife will lay the cornerstone of an academic-community partnership
facilitating a better public understanding of the brain and of complex human
behavior through science, education and compassion, according to Whybrow. The
Semel gift will support research and community education programs to address
the understanding and treatment of such diverse illnesses as autism, mood
disorders, addiction, and Alzheimer's disease.
In recognition of the Semels' generosity, the institute will be renamed the
Jane and Terry Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.
Jane Semel will chair the institute's Board of Community Counselors.
Prior to joining Yahoo, Semel spent 24 years at Warner Bros., notably as
chair and co-chief executive officer. Jane Semel is founder of ijane inc., a
nonprofit production company that works to address public health issues
through entertainment. She launched
an integrated broadcast and online public service campaign that aimed to raise
awareness of common emotional and physical health issues faced by young
adults. The campaign was narrated by Hollywood's top female entertainers,
including Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Catherine
Since its founding five decades ago, the Neuropsychiatric Institute has
gained a worldwide reputation for the high quality of its clinical services
and comprehensive research program.
More information about the Semels' donation is posted at<http://newsroom.ucla.edu/page.asp?RelNum=5302>.▪