Richard Olney Endowment
Richard K. Olney, MD founded the ALS Treatment and Research Center at UCSF, providing multidisciplinary, compassionate care. The ALS Center works to pursue new laboratory approaches to ALS that could result in better treatment, cure and prevention. A strong believer in the team approach to the complex care of patients with ALS, Dr. Olney is internationally known for his clinical innovations, compassionate care, dedicated teaching, and groundbreaking neurophysiological research.
In June 2004, Dr. Olney himself was diagnosed with ALS. Since that time, he has become an active participant in a blinded palcebo controlled clinical trial to test whether two drugs, today used for AIDS and cancer patients, may also help ALS patients. Dr. Olney has also been an active spokesperson for the disease, and has been featured in USA Today, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, People magazine, among other publications as well as appearing on most national TV networks.
The Richard Olney Endowment will be focused on the following areas:
- Research to develop a cure for ALS
- Advancement of clinical tests and drug trials to explore ways to treat symptoms and progression of ALS
- Advances in patient care to facilitate a more independent lifestyle and better quality of life
follow the instructions below to donate online:
Click on the "Make a Gift" icon or this link to create a secure connection to the UCSF Foundation in a separate window. Near the top of that window, you will see the Choose a Designation button. Clicking this will give you a list of options with ALS Center near the top. If you wish to designate your gift for the ALS Rick Olney Endowment, please click "Other" and type in ALS Rick Olney Endowment. Then proceed with personal and payment information to complete your donation.