NEW YORK, July 3 - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced yesterday it has received a $5 million donation from alumni to establish a clinical genetics research center on its medical campus.
The gift comes from Vaughn and Nancy Bryson, 1960 graduates of the UNC School of Pharmacy. Vaughn Bryson is retired CEO of Eli Lilly.
"This gift permits us to build on our investment in genomics by reinforcing our program's commitment to translating findings in biosciences into clinical work," Jeffrey Houpt, dean of the UNC School of Medicine, said in a statement.
The center, part of the Carolina Center for Genome Scientists, will focus on studying the relationship between genetics and disease, train clinical geneticists, and work to introduce new genetic treatments into the clinical sphere. The center aims to foster collaboration between laboratory scientists and physicians and to train physicians in genetics.
The Carolina Center for Genome Scientists is part of a $245 public-private investment in genomics which the university aims at making over the next ten years. The initiative, announced in February 2001, includes four genomics research buildings build with funds from a statewide higher education bond referendum, and other government and private sources.