Ohio State University has announced a $10 million gift from the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation in support of dementia and leukemia research, cancer drug development, health and wellness initiatives for student-athletes, and scholarships for business students.
The gift includes $5 million toward construction of the Interdisciplinary Research Facility, a five-story, 305,000-square-foot lab building that will serve multiple disciplines, including engineering and the biomedical, life, and environmental sciences. The facility also will house the Pelotonia Institute for Immuno-Oncology and support both wet lab and computational research.
The remaining $5 million will be divided equally among efforts to accelerate cancer drug discoveries at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James and Richard J. Solove Research Institute's Drug Development Institute; leukemia research; neurological disease research, including research on Lewy body dementia and other forms of dementia; a partnership between the Max M. Fisher College of Business and the Drug Development Institute, including scholarships for business school students who are focused on drug development; and student-athlete health and wellness initiatives, including upgrades to and the replacement of equipment and expanding diagnostic, tracking, performance, and recovery tools and techniques.
Harry Mangurian, a Florida businessman and former owner of the Boston Celtics, died of leukemia in 2008. His wife, Dorothy, died in 2015 after being diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. Established by the couple in 1999, the foundation previously made gifts to OSU in support of brain and human performance research as well as cancer drug development.
"For two decades, the Mangurian Foundation has helped Ohio State champion human potential — developing leaders and healers while creating healthy, vibrant communities," said Ohio State president Michael V. Drake. "We are deeply grateful for how this gift advances this important work and creates bright futures for patients, students, and student-athletes alike."
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