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Washington University School of Medicine Receives $10 Million Research Gift

The Hope Center for Neurological Disorders at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, received a $10 million gift for research from The Danforth Foundation. The funds will be applied toward research pertaining to a range of conditions causing injury and impairment to the brain and central nervous system, including work focused upon improving diagnosis and treatment of individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and related disorders.

The gift establishes an endowment named for the late Donald Danforth, Jr., who graduated from the Washington University Olin Business School in 1955. Mr. Danforth, the brother of Washington University Chancellor Emeritus William Danforth, former US Senator John Danforth and St. Louisian Dorothy Danforth Miller, was executive vice president of Ralston-Purina Co. The University and Hope Happens, a nonprofit organization based in St. Louis, MO, have committed to raising additional matching endowed funds of $10 million for the same research programs over the next 5 years. The Hope Happens public charity was started by Christopher Hobler, who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2005, with the mission of "improving the lives of people with neurodegenerative disorders by promoting collaborative, translational research with the potential to fast-track new cures." (www.hopehappens.org). The Hope Center at Washington University opened in 2004 as a collaborative effort with Hope Happens and supports the studies of over 70 faculty and 500 scientists.

University of Hawaii Manoa Center on Aging Receives $2 Million Gift

The University of Hawaii Manoa Center on Aging received a $2 million gift in honor of the late Barbara Cox Anthony, longtime Honolulu resident, former director of Cox Enterprises-one of …

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