The Hall Family Foundations has awarded Kansas University Medical Center $2.6 million to establish a program in molecular biology, university officials announced today.
The grant will be used to endow a professorship in molecular medicine and for various support functions, including faculty, postdoctoral fellowships, equipment and administrative assistance over the next four years.
"It is gratifying to the foundation to be able to support the crucial mission of basic medical research,'' said John Laney, vice president of the foundations, funded by Hallmark Cards.
"Once again the Halls have stepped forward to advance the academic cause of the University of Kansas,'' KU chancellor Gene Budig said. ``This important grant will permit the medical center to advance its research efforts in the exciting field of molecular medicine.''
One of the main goals of the molecular biology program will be to more efficiently bring the results of biomedical research and new technology to patients, said Dr. D. Kay Clawson, executive vice chancellor for the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
The Hall Family Foundations, two foundations that together have assets in excess of $400 million, give to a wide variety of charities primarily in the Kansas City area. The foundations contributed to the construction of the Hall Center for the Humanities on KU's Lawrence campus and have endowed a number of humanities professorships at KU.