University of Chicago Medicine has announced a $100 million gift from trustee Craig Duchossois, his wife, Janet, and the Duchossois Family Foundation for an institute focused on accelerating research on how the human immune system, microbiome, and genetics interact to maintain health.
The largest gift ever to UChicago Medicine will establish the Duchossois Family Institute, which will support work that builds on insights and findings already produced by UChicago researchers, including a clinical repository to maintain biological samples; microbial cultivation and analysis tools; a next-generation platform to identify biomarkers that mediate between the microbiome and immune system; medicinal chemistry to pinpoint biomarkers and develop more effective therapies; high-throughput genetic sequencing for microbial DNA; and a "data commons" for sharing large amounts of microbial, environmental, and medical information.
A trustee and longtime supporter of UChicago Medicine, Craig Duchossois is chairman and CEO of the Duchossois Group, which counts Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, among its notable assets. Janet Duchossois serves as a member of the University of Chicago Women's Board. With the latest gift, the Duchossois Family Foundation has committed a total of $137 million to the university.
"The Duchossois Family Institute will draw on the creativity and skill of university researchers across many fields in bringing new perspectives to medical science, oriented toward making an impact that greatly benefits human lives," said University of Chicago president Robert J. Zimmer. "We are grateful for the Duchossois family's remarkable level of engagement in establishing this innovative alliance between medical experts and entrepreneurs."