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T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion at UC San Diego

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Empowered by a generous gift from South Dakota businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, the institute will explore the neurobiology of compassion, transform medical education and address the epidemic of physician burnout and suicide.

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  • Fibrous neural connections are depicted in this tractograph of a human brain

    Fibrous neural connections are depicted in this tractograph of a human brain. The technique maps the flow of water molecules inside and outside neurons using multiple imaging technologies and computer analyses, producing a 3D rendering for use in diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions. The T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion at UC San Diego will employ state-of-the-art neuroscience technologies, including sophisticated neuroimaging, to identify and map brain activity created by empathic behavior, quantify the factors promoting or inhibiting compassionate behavior and then design new methods to increase empathic signals in the brain. Credit: Hauke Bartsch/UC San Diego

  • T. Denny Sanford

    T. Denny Sanford, South Dakota businessman and Philanthropist

  • UC San Diego School of Medicine students learn from simulations in the Center for the Future of Surgery

    UC San Diego School of Medicine students learn from simulations in the Center for the Future of Surgery. Data and discoveries based upon research at the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion will be used to inform and redesign the current medical curriculum, and integrate compassion-centered methods into all training modules. Credit: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

  • Doctor in a clinical environment with his face in his hand, arms crossed, back leaning against the wall, and looking down

    Doctors have the highest suicide rate of any profession: about 28 to 40 suicides per 100,000, according to the American Psychiatry Association. UC San Diego researchers seek to change that with the creation of the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion. Source: Shutterstock

  • Magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain

    Magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain. The T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion at UC San Diego will employ state-of-the-art neuroscience technologies, including sophisticated neuroimaging, to identify and map brain activity created by empathic behavior, quantify the factors promoting or inhibiting compassionate behavior and then design new methods to increase empathic signals in the brain.

  • UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest

    UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest

  • Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health

    Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health

  • T. Denny Sanford Medical Education and Telemedicine Center at UC San Diego School of Medicine

    T. Denny Sanford Medical Education and Telemedicine Center at UC San Diego School of Medicine

  • Christopher Kane, MD

    Christopher Kane, MD, Dean of Clinical Affairs for UC San Diego School of Medicine and Chief Executive Officer for UC San Diego Health Physician Group

  • Cinnamon Bloss, PhD

    Cinnamon Bloss, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Public Health, UC San Diego School of Medicine

  • David A. Brenner, MD

    David A. Brenner, MD, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, UC San Diego

  • Ellen Beck, MD

    Ellen Beck, MD, Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health, Executive Director of the Student-Run Free Clinic, UC San Diego School of Medicine

  • Sunny Smith, MD

    Sunny Smith, MD, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health, Co-Medical Director of the Student-Run Free Clinic, UC San Diego School of Medicine

  • William Mobley, MD, PhD

    William Mobley, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean of Neurosciences Initiatives, UC San Diego School of Medicine

  • Christopher Cannavino, MD

    Christopher Cannavino, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, UC San Diego School of Medicine