A $10 million gift from the Querrey Simpson Charitable Foundation will establish a center that will enhance Northwestern University's global leadership position in regenerative nanomedicine.
The Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Center for Regenerative Nanomedicine will operate within Northwestern's Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine (IBNAM) and support bold, risk-taking research ideas that ultimately could offer solutions to challenging human health problems as well as develop life-enhancing therapies.
The University's global leadership in regenerative nanomedicine has inspired the transformative gift from Louis A. Simpson -- a Northwestern Board of Trustees member and a 1958 alumnus of the University's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences -- and his wife, Kimberly K. Querrey, through their foundation.
Nanomedicine emerged over the last decade as a major research initiative that is now recognized by governments and industries in the United States and around the globe. Nanomedicine research seeks to employ designed nanostructures to create novel therapies to treat disease and trauma, discover avenues to regenerate tissues and organs of the human body, develop innovative diagnostic devices and improve our ability to understand biological systems.
IBNAM Director Samuel I. Stupp, PhD, and his students over the last decade, in collaboration with various clinical faculty, have blazed a trail with research in the highly promising area of nanomedicine to promote regeneration of tissues. "Researchers in the new center will be able to collaborate with the best scientists around the world to pursue potential breakthroughs in regenerative nanomedicine that could translate into real therapies and offer human beings a higher quality of life," Stupp said.
Stupp is the Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Medicine, holds appointments in Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and Weinberg, and is a member of the Lurie Cancer Center.
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