The has announced a $30 million commitment from board member Ronald E. Weinberg, his wife, Terri, and their family in support of the clinic's .
The gift will support medical research initiatives in areas to be designated by the recently appointed chair of the institute, Serpil Erzurum. In recognition of the gift, the skyway connecting much of the clinic's main campus will be named the Weinberg Family Skyway.
"[The gift] will help us think and act more strategically," said Erzurum. "By prioritizing where and how we invest in research, we are more likely to make the most impact. We are excited to partner with the Weinbergs, who are as enthusiastic as we are [about] the vast possibilities of the inspired research of today."
With nearly 1,500 researchers, support personnel in 173 laboratories, and a $270 million budget supporting 4,000 ongoing clinical studies, the Lerner Research Institute is one of the largest research institutes in the nation.
"Our family is truly pleased to be able to help with this gift and it is really inspirational to think that research projects right here in Cleveland will springboard to help patients around the world," said Weinberg, a director and principal of the Weinberg Capital Group and chair of the Cleveland Clinic's research and education committee. "The knowledge attained from lab to bedside improves treatment and cures, and I like to remind myself that today's research is often tomorrow's cure."
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