Jennifer Harris

University of Maryland Gets Record $45M Donation for Celiac Research

by Jennifer Harris on November 8th, 2010


Holy donations!  Congratulations to Dr. Alessio Fasano and the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland Medical Center on receiving a $45 million private donation from the family of a grateful patient. 

The donation marks the largest single gift ever given to the university system and will be used to expand the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research and study other autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes.

Out of the total donation, $40 million comes from a private foundation in which the donors are key stakeholders. The remaining $5 million comes to the school of medicine directly from the family and will fund an endowed distinguished professor and director position for the research center.  Dr.Alessio Fasano, professor and director of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, will be the first director of the new research enterprise.  The center will hire 13 faculty members initially, but eventually it hopes to employs as many as 200 people.

The University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients with celiac disease, while learning the cause of the disease and finding a cure. Located in downtown Baltimore, the Center for Celiac Research provides comprehensive clinical care and long-term support for adults and children who suffer from celiac disease. Celiac Disease, a genetically based-autoimmune disease, affects 1 out of every 133 people in the United States.

Read more about this landmark donation from the University of Maryland Medical Center for Celiac Research.

--------------------------------- Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA Jennifer D. Harris, http://www.jenniferglutenfreeingeorgia.blogspot.com Gluten-Free Product Specialist, Return to Eden Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA


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