The billing practices of the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital are under fire after a Vox article detailed how some privately insured patients have been surprised to receive a bill as high as five figures.The public hospital was named after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, after the couple made a $75 million donation in 2015 to build a trauma center.Some people are now criticizing Zuckerberg himself on social media, despite the fact that he has no impact on the day-to-day operations of the hospital.People are criticizing Mark Zuckerberg for the billing practices of a San Francisco-based hospital named after him that has reportedly left some privately insured patients with five-figure debts.Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, formerly called San Francisco General Hospital, was named after the Facebook founder in 2015 after he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, made a $75 million donation.However, Zuckerberg himself has no impact on the day-to-day operations, though it is largely associated with his likeness.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Ning "Jenny" Jiang, an associate professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering's Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Dell Medical School's Department of Oncology, has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) to participate in the philanthropic organization's inaugural Neurodegeneration Challenge Network.The CZI, founded by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and medical doctor Priscilla Chan, will give $51.95 million in research funding to mark the launch of an ambitious collaborative project aimed at improving our understanding of the underlying causes of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.Although it is understood immune cells play a part in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, we know relatively little about the specific composition of the so-called T cells involved and how they react to the corresponding antigens specific to neurodegeneration."I am extremely grateful for this opportunity," Jiang said."It is a true honor for such a forward-thinking organization to recognize the merit in my research, given how many other worthy candidates were also in the running."Jiang has developed systems immunology tools in her lab at UT that profile single T cells known to infiltrate the brain during neurodegeneration.
Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the philanthropic endeavor led by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his partner Priscilla Chan, announced the launch of its Neurodegeneration Challenge Network.This new network brings together experimental scientists from diverse biomedical research fields, as well as computational biologists and physicians, to understand the underlying causes of neurodegenerative disorders.One of the selected scientific teams is from Belgium, led by prof. Patrik Verstreken (VIB-KU Leuven), alongside clinical expert prof. Wim Vandenberghe (UZ Leuven) and neuro-engineer Dr. Dries Braeken (imec)."Neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's disease, and ALS, are a class of diseases that affect millions of people worldwide," says CZI Science Program Officer, Katja Brose."Meanwhile, the causes of most neurodegenerative diseases are only partly understood, and there are still no effective therapies to cure, prevent, or even treat most of these disorders."The CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network now seeks to address these gaps by launching a collaborative network to focus on neurodegenerative diseases as a broad class of disorders, with shared features and potentially shared solutions.
The Breakthrough Prize, annual science awards sponsored by some of Silicon Valley's most recognizable names, will honor the late Stephen Hawking at its award ceremony next month.On Tuesday, the Breakthrough Prize said Pierce Brosnan will host the 7th annual ceremony, which will be held on Nov. 4.The gathering will include a tribute to Hawking, who died in March.The Breakthrough Prize awarded a Special Fundamental Physics Prize to Hawking in 2013 for his discovery that black holes emit radiation and his contributions to the understanding of quantum gravity.This year, seven prizes -- each worth $3 million -- will be awarded to outstanding scientists in life sciences, fundamental physics and mathematics.The prizes are sponsored by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki.
Nice choice of grey t-shirt.You see I’m a bit concerned about my privacy here at, like, homeTC: We feel you, go ahead.Priscilla, clad in an oversized dressing gown and with her hair wrapped in a big fluffy towel, can be seen gesticulating at the camera.We had it hanging in the downstairs rest room for the longest time.TC: If you do want to involve a device in your kid’s bedtime there are quite a lot of digital ebook apps for that already.
Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced its support for protocols.io, an open access resource that allows researchers to discover and share up-to-date science methods.CZI's support is aimed toward saving researchers time and helping science move faster."Today's grant to protocols.io accelerates the ability of scientists to rapidly share and replicate scientific methods, which are crucial to credible, reproducible experimental research," said CZI Head of Science Cori Bargmann.The grant will be administered by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, a donor-advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation.As part of CZI Science's commitment to open science, all CZI Science Request for Proposals (RFAs) require rapid sharing of community resources via open source repositories, among them protocols.io."We are delighted to be working with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and their grantees," said Lenny Teytelman, geneticist and co-founder of protocols.io.
It wasn't until she started volunteering to tutor underprivileged children that she found a reason to stay and path toward pediatrics.Chan spoke to a packed room during the Grace Hopper Celebration, a conference for women in computing, on Thursday in Houston about how to use skills to tackle societal problems.As a pediatrician, Chan said she might be able to help a child with a health issue, but might not be able to address much beyond that, like systemic issues or problems at home that contributed to that kid getting sick.Sometimes, it's not easy to see the whole picture.To put it in tech terms: "The applications might not be perfect, but the most critical bug existed in the operating system itself," she said.Chan, in addition to being a pediatrician, is married to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Mark Zuckerberg has a plan to help cure the world's diseases.In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan pledged a $3 billion donation to "cure all disease."In a recent interview with The New Yorker, Zuckerberg said the reception he's received is either one of two things: he should focus on something else or be less ambitious with his goals.But Zuckerberg isn't deterred — he thinks there's an upside to speeding up the increase in life expectancy, and he believes the framework behind his plan will do just that.In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan made a significant step toward humankind: Announcing that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) will donate $3 billion to fund a plan to "cure all disease."According to Chan, a pediatrician, the goal is not for no one to ever get sick, but to drastically reduce the frequency and severity of global disease.
A teacher, doctor, and now one of the world’s top philanthropists, she’s a dexterous empath determined to help.We’ve all heard Facebook’s dorm-room origin story, but Chan’s epiphany of impact came on a playground.In this touching interview this week at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Chan reveals how a child too embarrassed to go to class because of their broken front teeth inspired her to tackle healthcare.“How could I have prevented it?Constantly expressing gratitude for being lifted out of the struggle of her refugee parents, she says “I knew there were so many more deserving children and I got lucky”.Here, Chan shares her vision for cause-based philanthropy designed to bring equity of opportunity to the underserved, especially in Facebook’s backyard in The Bay.
Dr. Priscilla Chan says she got lucky.She had the resources to get to Harvard and later become a doctor."I went through K-12 in public school where my only direction from my family was 'Work hard, you'll do well,' and there wasn't much more detail," Chan said while speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco on Thursday.But Chan says she knows she's an exception, and that many other young people don't have the opportunities she did."The infrastructure around the way we care for our fellow citizens is broken," she said, referencing the education system, health care system and lack of affordable housing, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with husband and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg."We can't build an aspirational future and just assume that people will get there or they'll get lucky."
Yesterday was a blast, but there’s no reason to rest on our laurels.Disrupt SF 2018 Day 2 holds plenty in store for us.We’ll hear from Priscilla Chan, Dara Khosrowshahi, Reid Hoffman, Doug Leone and many more.First up, Dieter May from BMW with a global product announcement.Then, this afternoon, we’ll check out the rest of the Startup Battlefield companies.The full agenda is right here.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is one of the biggest philanthropic organizations in the world, and the most technology-forward foundations in history.By integrating technology, CZI believes it can affect social change at a much more rapid pace than by simply infusing initiatives with cash.With that said, we’re absolutely thrilled to have Priscilla Chan join us on the Disrupt SF stage in September.The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded in 2015 upon the birth of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s first daughter Max.The $45 billion organization first launched with a focus on personalized education, and has moved into the areas of justice and science since then.The overall goal of the education initiative at CZI is to ensure that all children are able to realize their full potential by the age of 21, including the ability to earn a living wage, achieve independence, and identify and pursue their passions.
The CZI grants totaling $15 million over one year are dedicated to research projects aimed at building tools and technologies to support the goals of Human Cell Atlas, a global effort to map every type of cell in the human body as a resource for medical research.Dr. Laserson's team will be collaborating on the project with the research group of Anthony Joseph, PhD, at the University of California, Berkeley."I am thrilled to welcome this distinguished group of grantees to the CZI family, and I am excited about how they will support the ambitious Human Cell Atlas effort," said Priscilla Chan, MD, co-founder of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative."Working together and with our team of scientists and engineers, these partners will create new ways for scientists to use information about healthy and diseased cells.Because the Human Cell Atlas project will generate a large variety of molecular and imaging data across a wide range of modalities and spatial scales, Dr. Laserson's team plans to develop software to help scientists analyze these massive amounts of data in a way that allows interactive, scalable exploratory analysis - eliminating much of the laborious and complicated processes that scientists currently must perform to gain insights from their data and providing a platform where they can quickly react to and interact with data.After studying mathematics at MIT and genomics at Harvard, Dr. Laserson worked for a Silicon Valley start-up that developed open-source technology for data analysis with an interest in how the tools being used at places like Google and Facebook could be applied to problems in biology.
(Listed on Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook profile under "Favorite Quotes")A few years ago, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, walked into Yuriy's Barber Shop, a four-chair parlor with a blue awning over the doorway and a neon "open" sign buzzing in the window.Facebook, Zuckerberg now admits, has become a tool for hate groups who use the platform to harass and intimidate, and for state actors like Russia to manipulate opinion through false news with the aim of interfering with elections, including the 2016 US presidential race.It's also why Zuckerberg, 33, is now the fifth richest person in the world, with a net worth of about $71 billion."It was my mistake, and I'm sorry.So in January, I visited one of the more controversial stops on his trip: Williston, North Dakota, a major hub for the fracking industry in the United States.
Apple could release a supersized follow-up to the iPhone X later this year, alongside two devices to succeed the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.The jumbo-sized phone will be the priciest, and is intended to appeal to people who like "phablets," according to Bloomberg.Fitbit's stock plunged after missing on its Q4 revenue, posting $570.8 million (£408 million) and a net loss of $46 million (£33 million), according to ZDNet.The smartwatch maker has to fend off tough competition from the likes of Apple.Alphabet, which discovered the flaws and disclosed them to Intel, said it had left it up to the company to decide whether to tell government officials.The self-proclaimed inventor of bitcoin, Craig Wright, has been sued for allegedly stealing $5 billion in bitcoin from his former business partner Dave Kleiman.
In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, launched the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative with the modest goal of curing all diseases before the end of the century.Now, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is setting its sights on neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Over the next five years, it plans to hand out $2.5 million (£1.8 million) in funding to early career scientists in the field of neurodegenerative disease research to jumpstart their work.In addition, it plans to give $1 million (£716,400) over three years to scientists in different fields that want to apply their work to neurodegeneration.Much of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s funding efforts have focused on basic research, which can often have trouble getting funding despite the critical importance of such research in solving problems of disease further down the road.The same goes for the new neurodegenerative research grants, for which the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is now accepting applications.
You can now block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook.Up until now, you've been unable to block Zuckerberg or his wife Priscilla Chan on Facebook.You'd receive an error message that said something like, “Block Error.Sorry, there was a problem blocking Mark Zuckerberg.This wasn't intentional, Facebook told BuzzFeed News a few months ago.Instead, the company says its system got too busy to handle these block requests.
As we head into awards season, one of the first shows to lead the pack is all about science.The Breakthrough Prize, a cumulative $22 million in awards that go to superstars in the fields of physics, life sciences, and mathematics, is going into its sixth year.The show was founded by Yuri and Julia Milner, Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Jack Ma and Cathy ...
Residents of a Silicon Valley city protested on Wednesday as officials evicted homeless families and others living in RVs from their parking spots over public health concerns.The location of the showdown was suggestive: next to the future site of a private school for low-income students that receives funding from a philanthropic initiative by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.Schoolchildren living in the vehicles were among those evicted and the outcry highlighted the profound poverty in the local school district, which includes the Facebook campus in its catchment area.RVs have gathered on a largely deserted street jutting into marshland for several years, and at one time there were as many as 15 vehicles housing 75 people, said a neighbor, Patricia Finau Lopez.Finau has herself opened up her home to a homeless woman, who lives there on and off along with Finau’s seven family members.The assistant city manager, Sean Charpentier, said the city did its part for low-income residents - almost 40% of its housing is considered affordable.
He described sitting down with a group of recovering heroin addicts in Dayton, Ohio, and hearing a woman say how when she was an addict her objective with shooting up was to get as close to death as she could without dying.He mentioned another man whose thought upon seeing his friend overdose was “I wonder who that guy’s dealer is because that must be really good stuff”.Zuckerberg made his comments about opioid addiction the day after former Facebook president Sean Parker used the language of addiction to criticize the social network, stating that features such as the “like” button were designed to give users “a little dopamine hit”.The Facebook CEO also highlighted the impact of opioid addiction on the broader community, including the strain on police resources and the employable workforce, referencing an Alabama shrimp fisherman who couldn’t find people to work on his boat because so many people were hooked on opioids.The “good news”, he added, is that there is a roadmap for dealing with these kinds of crises – as demonstrated by France, which had its own opioid crisis in the 1990s and 2000s.Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged billions to tackling disease through their philanthropic organization the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.