Published : Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 5:34 AM
The Hastings Foundation in Pasadena, established in 1943 to fund the study, prevention, treatment, and cure of tuberculosis, has given a new donation of $12.5 million to the USC Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research for pioneering research on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of advanced lung disease, USC’s Keck School of Medicine announced.
The new gift is expected to assist researchers at the center as they seek breakthroughs that can be translated into new and promising approaches for lung injury, repair and regeneration.
The USC Hastings Center was established in 2014 with a $7.5 million donation from the Foundation.
“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 Zea Borok, director of the center and professor of medicine and biochemistry and molecular medicine. “Our investigators are seeking new strategies to treat and cure conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. We are incredibly grateful to the Hastings Foundation for recognizing the critical importance of this work.”
With the foundation’s ongoing support, Borok said the Center can continue to recruit leading scientists and promising young researchers. Borok serves as chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine.
A multidisciplinary research hub, the USC Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research features specialists in basic lung biology, epigenetics, respiratory health, regenerative medicine and stem cell research. Collaborators include scientists from the USC Center for Advanced Lung Disease and experts from the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC.
“We have been extremely impressed with the advancements in pulmonary research that have emerged from the center in the past few years,” Gene Gregg, President of the Hastings Foundation’s Board of Directors, said. “This new gift is a symbol of our continued investment in USC’s skilled researchers and clinical scientists as they lead the way in the fight against lung disease.”
Donations from the foundation have also enabled the Center to offer postdoctoral fellowships to up-and-coming scholars and acquire shared equipment that is housed in dedicated research space in the Hoffman Medical Research Center.
The foundation’s first gift to the USC medical school came in the early 1960s, supporting the recruitment of experts in pulmonary disease. Since 1975, the foundation has donated more than $45 million to the university.