University of Miami Receives $12 Million for Eye Research Center

University of Miami Receives $12 Million for Eye Research Center

The University of Miami has announced a $12 million gift from philanthropist Lois Pope to establish a macular degeneration research center at its Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

The largest single gift in the institute's fifty-six-year history will establish the Lois Pope Center for Retinal & Macular Degeneration Research, a collaborative research hub within the university's Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. It also will create an endowment for clinical research to ensure that researchers have the resources to pursue new treatments in perpetuity.

A longtime supporter of Bascom Palmer and the Miller School, Pope supported the establishment of the Lois Pope LIFE Center at the Miller School, the world's foremost center for research, treatment, and services for paralysis and other neurological diseases. The center is home to the Miami Project/Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

"This gift builds upon Mrs. Pope's long history of generosity to the University of Miami and the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine," said University of Miami president Julio Frenk. "Her on-going philanthropy is remarkable and will continue to have a significant impact on the development of pioneering treatments and cures. We cannot thank her enough for her vision and dedication."

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