The stem cell research center at UCSF got a major boost as it manage s to win a $25 million donation toward a new facility. UCSF officials announced to have received the donation from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a Los Angeles group that funds scientific and medical research.

Research has accelerated in recent years, despite severe limitations on federal funding because of Bush administration restrictions on embryonic stem cell studies. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, created when voters passed Proposition 71 in 2004, has awarded more than $614 million in research grants, including $82 million to UCSF.

Yet the federal restrictions have made research challenging, said Dr. Arnold Kriegstein, director of UCSF’s stem cell research center, which will be known as the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research. Now, the center is spread among 125 laboratories on the university’s Parnassus and Mission Bay campuses, which can make communication difficult among scientists in different areas of study.

The planned headquarters will hold 25 labs, spread among a series of four split-level floors, each with a terraced roof. A covered bridge will connect the building to clinics at UCSF Medical Center.The Broad Foundation donation, combined with a $35 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and a $16 million donation from Ray and Dagmar Dolby, means UCSF must raise another $47 million to complete funding for the new facility.

Source: SF Gate