A Chicago-area family is giving University of Chicago Medicine its biggest ever donation — $100 million to establish an institute devoted to improving health and preventing disease by optimizing the body's own defenses.
The gift announced Wednesday will create The Duchossois (DUHCH'-uh-swah) Family Institute. The donation comes from investment business The Duchossois Group Inc.'s Chairman and CEO Craig Duchossois, his wife, Janet, and The Duchossois Family Foundation.
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The institute will support research and interventions based on how the human immune system, microorganisms and genetics interact to maintain health.
University president Robert Zimmer says in a statement that the institute will use "the creativity and skill of university researchers across many fields in bringing new perspectives to medical science."