HEALTH INSTITUTE RECEIVES $2 MILLION
devastation of losing a child has led a family to donate $2 million
to the Child Health Institute of New Jersey at UMDNJ-Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). The gift will be used to establish
an endowed chair, the Laura Gallagher Chair of Developmental Biology.
"It is our hope that the endowment of this chair will lead
to discoveries in the prevention and treatment of health disorders
that take or diminish the lives of this world's most precious beings,
our infants and children," said the donor, Bern Gallagher. The chair
is named in honor of his first child, Laura, who was born on March
15, 1987, and died that same day as the result of a rare bacterial
infection. He and his wife Mary have three more children, Daniel,
Andrew and Alice.
mission of the Child Health Institute is to develop new strategies
for preventing, treating and curing childhood diseases. Plans include
a $30 million facility with 40 state-of-the-art laboratories and
support facilities for 14 senior researchers. The Institute will
be separate from, but connected to, the new Bristol-Myers Squibb
Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital,
which is currently under construction and is expected to be completed
in Spring 2001.
are well on our way to obtaining the necessary funding for construction
of the Child Health Institute," says executive director Betsy Garlatti.
A $3 million appropriation in the federal budget was recently approved,
and additional funds will be sought through a campaign beginning
date, more than $20 million has been raised, including donations
totaling $12.8 million from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and
Johnson & Johnson. The Institute has also received an anonymous
gift of $1.25 million to create a second endowed chair in developmental
biology. At the donor's request this chair is being named for RWJMS
dean Harold L. Paz, MD. Robert L. Trelstad, MD, has been named to
serve as the first occupant of the Harold L. Paz Chair of Developmental
Biology. Another anonymous gift of $375,000 will also fund research
aimed at investigating the genetic and environmental factors of
some major childhood disorders.
believe that by studying the underlying biology of development we
will open up new insights into ways in which we can design drugs,
preventive measures, and novel therapies to improve substantially
the health of children," said Trelstad, acting director of the Child
Health Institute of New Jersey.