Office of the Chancellor

Falling Leaves Foundation Medical Innovation Building

Sept. 20, 2021

Falling Leaves Foundation Medical Innovation Building rendering

I am delighted to share with you the wonderful news that UCLA Professor Emeritus Robert A. Mah and Dr. Adeline Yen Mah, through their Falling Leaves Foundation, have made a $30 million dollar gift to UCI to support the construction of a major new research facility. This exceptional gift recognizes UCI’s preeminence in conducting basic, translational and clinical research dedicated to the discovery of new medical and scientific knowledge.

The Falling Leaves Foundation Medical Innovation Building will join the new Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences and Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing and Health Sciences Hall in our growing Health Sciences district, which is only a mile away from the planned UCI Medical Center-Irvine now starting construction. The approximately 200,000 square-foot building will be one of the largest facilities of its type in the West and will provide optimal space for core instruction and laboratories to extend advances in medicine and the health sciences. 

The Falling Leaves Foundation Medical Innovation Building will be a hub where faculty, medical and graduate students, and undergraduates in the medical sciences will work together in developing new ways of understanding disease etiology and improving medical treatment. The work that will be done there, the ideas that spring from the minds of the researchers housed in it and the knowledge, tools, and techniques derived from those ideas, will make lives better, not only here in Orange County, but all across the nation and indeed all around the world. 

This visionary gift will have a significant, lasting impact on the health of our community, state, and nation. Please join me in expressing our sincere gratitude to Robert and Adeline Mah for their generous support.

For more about this transformative gift, read the press release here.

Fiat Lux,

Chancellor Howard Gillman

Falling Leaves Foundation $30 million lead gift to fund innovative UCI medical research building