Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has announced a $20 million gift from Min H. Kao and his wife, Fan, and the Kao Family Foundation to advance research and treatment of rheumatologic diseases.
The gift will create the Kao Autoimmunity Institute, bringing together clinicians, investigators, and allied health professionals from a variety of disciplines, and will support the launch of a Scleroderma program that provides outreach, training, and education to individuals with the disease.
"Our family is fortunate to be in a position to partner with an academic medical center that places a premium on patient care and game-changing medical research," said Kao. "We truly hope this gift will enable Cedars-Sinai to develop a nationally recognized institute that brings lifesaving treatments to those who experience debilitating diseases."
"The Kao family gift creates a unique opportunity to assemble the best researchers and clinicians together to better understand autoimmune diseases and to develop more effective treatments for our patients," said Paul W. Noble, chair of the Department of Medicine and director of the Women's Guild Lung Institute. "Our investigators will have the opportunity to improve patient care and outcomes by studying disease onset and progression, as well as the key roles the microbiome, endocrine system, genetics, and gender may play in autoimmune diseases that disproportionately affect younger people and women."