Mei-Lee Ney’s $20M Donation announces the Ney Center for Healthspan Science at USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

Mei-Lee Ney, member of USC Davis’ Board of Councilors, made a $20M donation to the College on May 8th, 2018. This gift enables the creation of a new research center, The Ney center for Healthspan science, dedicated to longevity and aging. The new venue will be located at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

Ney Center for Healthspan Science

On May 8,2018, Mei-Lee Ney was thanked for her generous $20 million donation to the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology during a ceremony held at USC.

This donation will create the Ney Center for Healthspan Science and is the largest donation in the school’s 43-year history.

“Mei-Lee Ney’s generosity comes with a keen understanding that a society is measured by how it takes care of its most vulnerable members,” said Michael Quick, USC provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, in a statement. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Pictured left to right: USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Mei-Lee Ney, & Dean Pinchas Cohen (Credit: USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology)Pictured left to right: USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Mei-Lee Ney, & Dean Pinchas Cohen (Credit: USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology)

Gerontology – The Aging Population

People aged 65 and older are soon expected to outnumber children under five across the world, according to USC. This may create stress on health care systems and caregivers as age-related diseases increase, while issues such as isolation, care, housing and work need to be addressed. [1] [2]

School leaders envision the center as a hub of multidisciplinary exploration into the biological, demographic and psychosocial aspects of aging. It will leverage the school’s uniquely wide-ranging expertise in investigating the science of aging and implementing innovations to help people live with purpose, safety and security into their golden years. [1] [2] [3] [4]

About Mei-Lee Ney

Pictured left to right: Dean Pinchas Cohen of the USC Leonard Davis School, Mei-Lee Ney, Niki Nikias and USC President C.L. Max Nikias (Credit: USC/Steve Cohn)Pictured left to right: Dean Pinchas Cohen of the USC Leonard Davis School, Mei-Lee Ney, Niki Nikias and USC President C.L. Max Nikias (Credit: USC/Steve Cohn)

A longtime supporter of the school, Ney is a member of its board of councilors who previously funded an endowed scholarship for USC gerontology students. In 2017, she was awarded the Dean’s Medallion, the school’s highest honor, in recognition of her contributions. [1] [2] [3]

Mei-Lee Ney, a native of Shanghai, China, is a longtime supporter of USC with more than 50 years in the investment industry. The Pasadena resident also helped run the investment advisory firm founded by her business partner and late husband, Richard, since 1973. She also serves on the USC Pacific Asia Museum Board of Councilors, the Otis College of Art and Design Board of Trustees and is active in several other community, arts and education organizations. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Ney Center for Healthspan Science Announcement Video

Ney Center for Healthspan Science Announcement [2018-05-08. Pierre André Lowenstein, Aaron Kemp/MMRF. Jim Manuel Alejandre/USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.]

Ney Center for Healthspan Science Historic Announcement: $20M Donation from Mei-Lee Ney creates the Ney Center for Healthspan Science. Featured Speakers: Pinchas Cohen, Dean of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, Philanthropist Mei-Lee Ney and USC President C.L. Max Nikias. Announcement took place on May 8th, 2018 at Town & Gown of USC.

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Lisa Luther is a contributing author and coder who works with the Michelson Medical Research Foundation. Lisa has 9 years of experience working in biotech on strategic businesses initiatives and in the Program Management Office, where she facilitated the development of innovative combination biologic drug/electromechanical medical device products. Lisa is a Six Sigma greenbelt and holds a MBA degree.

Lisa Luther is a contributing author and coder who works with the Michelson Medical Research Foundation. Lisa has 9 years of experience working in biotech on strategic businesses initiatives and in the Program Management Office, where she facilitated the development of innovative combination biologic drug/electromechanical medical device products. Lisa is a Six Sigma greenbelt and holds a MBA degree.

Lisa Luther is a contributing author and coder who works with the Michelson Medical Research Foundation. Lisa has 9 years of experience working in biotech on strategic businesses initiatives and in the Program Management Office, where she facilitated the development of innovative combination biologic drug/electromechanical medical device products. Lisa is a Six Sigma greenbelt and holds a MBA degree.


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The Michelson Medical Research Foundation's Groundwork blog is brought to you thanks to the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation's Groundwork blog is brought to you thanks to the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.