With the gift, the foundation has now committed $20 million to USC Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research, which it established in 2015 with a gift of $7.5 million. A multidisciplinary research hub, the center hosts specialists in basic lung biology, epigenetics, respiratory health, regenerative medicine, and stem cell research and counts scientists from the USC Center for Advanced Lung Disease and the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC among its collaborators.
The foundation's support will ensure that the center can continue to recruit leading scientists, offer postdoctoral fellowships to up-and-coming scholars, and acquire state-of-the-art equipment for the Hoffman Medical Research Center.
"This generous support will enhance our research on serious pulmonary diseases that affect millions of people around the world and facilitate our development as a premier center for lung research," said Hastings Center director Zea Borok. "Our investigators are seeking new strategies to treat and cure conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis."