University of Miami Receives $12 Million for Eye Research Center

philanthropynewsdigest | March 11, 2018

University of Miami Receives $12 Million for Eye Research Center
The University of Miami has announced a $12 million gift from philanthropist Lois Pope to establish a macular degeneration research center at its Institute. The largest single gift in the institute's fifty-six-year history will establish the Lois Pope Center for Retinal & Macular Degeneration Research, a collaborative research hub within the university's Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. It also will create an endowment for clinical research to ensure that researchers have the resources to pursue new treatments in perpetuity.A longtime supporter of Bascom Palmer and the Miller School, Pope supported the establishment of the Lois Pope LIFE Center at the Miller School, the world's foremost center for research, treatment, and services for paralysis and other neurological diseases. The center is home to the Miami Project/Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis."This gift builds upon Mrs. Pope's long history of generosity to the University of Miami and the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine," said University of Miami president Julio Frenk. "Her on-going philanthropy is remarkable and will continue to have a significant impact on the development of pioneering treatments and cures. We cannot thank her enough for her vision and dedication.

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iWave Introduces Even More Precise Affinity Scores

iWave | September 24, 2021

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Change.org is becoming the world’s largest non-profit-owned tech platform for social change.

Change.org | September 23, 2021

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UCLA Law | September 22, 2021

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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine | September 21, 2021

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