The University of California, Irvine (UCI), in partnership with Grant Cooper, announces a national search for the Director of the Noel E. Drury Depression Research Center. The Depression Research Center has been enabled by a monumental $55 million estate gift, enabling the creation of a leading, visionary research center focused on depression, a prevalent mental illness with a major impact on human potential and life.

Envisioned is a transdisciplinary entity that will focus on innovative approaches to the mechanisms, diagnosis and personalized, scalable therapies for depression.

Importantly, gift funds will endow and support the recruitment of an internationally renowned Center Director. We are looking for a highly accomplished individual who is also a visionary builder. The Director will catapult the Noel E. Drury Depression Research Center to international prominence by leveraging the combined strengths of his/her team, existing UCI resources and strategic new recruitments.

The resources generated by the foundational gift will provide support to the Director’s existing or recruited team (e.g. 3-5 individual faculty) engaged in specific aspects of depression research, including wet lab space and / or resources for studies such as neuroimaging, neuromonitoring or neuromodulation. The Center will incorporate, retain, and nurture both existing and new UCI faculty in several schools that focus on Depression Research, and will be enriched by additional resources related to the (ongoing) recruitment of a new Chair of the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior. The Center will benefit from a generous allocation of new, state of the art wet and ‘dry’ research space in the new 200,000 sq. ft. Falling Leaves Foundation Medical Innovation Building and from the new $1.3 billion UCI Health-Irvine complex currently under construction.

UCI is exceptionally well poised to make a true impact in addressing depression. Already on campus is a strong base of clinical and basic research on the developmental origins of depression, including the $15 million NIH-funded Conte Center, one of only a dozen in the country. Major UCI strengths include strong groups in addiction-related and geriatric depressive problems, remarkable strengths in bioengineering, imaging and computational approaches to innovative diagnostics and therapies, and a commitment to understanding and addressing challenges to depression diagnosis and treatment related to health disparities and racial and ethnic diversity, including support from UCI’s Institute for Clinical & Translational Science.

In addition, UCI is well along a two-billion-dollar capital fund-raising campaign, of which one billion dollars are dedicated to advancing all aspects of health including innovative research, education and precision medicine-based therapies. UCI has a vibrant scientific community with outstanding collaborative opportunities, including, but not limited to, basic and clinical neuroscience, imaging, translational biomedical science, stem cell research, computational, bioinformatics and cognitive neuroscience, pharmaceutical sciences, genomic medicine, and clinical research and training. A new $1.3 billion UCI Health-Irvine complex is in advanced construction adjacent to the UCI campus. UCI Medical Center, the principal facility for UCI Health and the UCI School of Medicine’s clinical and teaching programs, is located on the Orange, CA campus approximately 11 miles north of the Irvine campus. The 460-bed acute care hospital, listed among America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the 20th consecutive year, is home to specialty services including an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, a certified stroke and cerebrovascular center, a regional burn center, and the only Level I trauma center in Orange County. UCI is internationally renowned in fundamental neuroscience and is home to two of the top twenty neuroscience departments in the United States. The Director will have an Academic appointment as a Senate faculty position at the Full Professor level, and will report to the Vice Chancellor of Research.

About University of California, Irvine

In 1965, the University of California, Irvine was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and dedicated public service. Today, we draw on the unyielding spirit of our pioneering faculty, staff and students who arrived on campus with a dream to inspire change and generate new ideas. We believe that true progress is made when different perspectives come together to advance our understanding of the world around us. And we enlighten our communities and point the way to a better future. At UCI, we shine brighter.