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UBC Expands Research into Healthy Aging with $24 Million Gift

By March 16, 2018No Comments

A $24-million donation to the University of British Columbia’s faculty of medicine will expand research aimed at helping people live longer and enjoy a better quality of life in their later years.

The donation, from businessman, philanthropist and UBC alumnus Edwin S.H. Leong, is the largest gift that UBC’s medical school has ever received from an individual.

“My wish is for everybody to live long and die peacefully, and I believe healthy aging is the key to that,” said Leong. “This is an investment in people, and I have great confidence that by bringing together and supporting the brightest people in this field, UBC will be able to show us the way.”

The donation, from Leong’s Tai Hung Fai Charitable Foundation in Hong Kong, will establish the Edwin S.H. Leong Healthy Aging Program. The gift enables UBC to recruit the Edwin S.H. Leong UBC Chair in Healthy Aging, the Edwin S.H. Leong UBC Professor in Healthy Aging, and early to mid-career faculty, all supported by trainees and research staff. This gift also will complement and enhance excellence in healthy aging research through collaboration with scientists and clinicians across UBC and around the world.

Recruitment of an internationally recognized researcher to fill the Edwin S.H. Leong UBC Chair in Healthy Aging will begin shortly.

“I am inspired by Edwin’s vision of a world in which people can age in better health with greater mental and physical agility,” said UBC President Santa J. Ono. “Edwin’s friendship and transformative donation to UBC are highly valued and the university is honoured to partner with him and his foundation to build a successful program that addresses this critical societal need.”