in Dallas has announced a $10 million gift in support of a new partnership with to establish a pediatric research institute in the region.
The gift from the will be used to establish an endowment for the Children's Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern. Once fully established, the institute will focus on the discovery of transformative advances related to the understanding and treatment of cancer, birth defects, and metabolic disease in children.
Children's has committed to raise $150 million for an endowment for the institute, which currently has more than thirty scientists in two laboratories and plans to employ a hundred and fifty scientists in fifteen labs led by UT Southwestern faculty members. Sean Morrison, who is known internationally for his stem cell research, has been named founding director of the institute, and his lab will be renamed the Hamon Laboratory for Stem Cell and Cancer Biology. Under Morrison's leadership, the institute will work on research at the junction of stem cell biology, cancer, and metabolism that has the potential to reveal new strategies for treating disease.
"The Children's Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern is poised to lead the way in a new era of scientific discovery," said Children's president and CEO Christopher J. Durovich. "This will make treatments more effective and delivery of care more efficient. Ultimately, we will push the frontiers of pediatric medicine, help reduce suffering, and save lives, a goal of Children's for nearly one hundred years."