The Hastings Foundation has pledged $7.5 million to establish the Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research at Keck Medicine of USC.

The center brings together basic and translational researchers and clinicians to create a nationally recognized center of excellence for advanced lung disease that builds on existing collaborations within and outside of Keck Medicine. Zea Borok, chief, division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Keck Medicine of USC, directs it.

“We expect this generous gift from the Hastings Foundation will help us greatly enhance pulmonary research and clinical medicine at Keck Medicine of USC,” said Borok, professor of medicine and biochemistry and molecular biology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “This gift will support our efforts to recruit renowned scientists and promising young researchers in basic lung biology, epigenetics, regenerative medicine and stem cell research, complementing our current research efforts with their knowledge and expertise.”

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