USC Receives $150 Million From W.M. Keck Foundation

The University of Southern California has announced a $150 million gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation to help accelerate medical, clinical, and translational research and education at the Keck School of Medicine.

The gift will promote progress in medicine by enabling the medical school and Keck Medical Center of USC to work more effectively with each other and capitalize on a research culture that encourages collaboration among medical faculty and their colleagues in engineering and the physical, life, and social sciences. According to the university, researchers at the intersections of these disciplines are working to foster innovation that spurs critical breakthroughs in medicine. In recognition of the gift, USC's academic medical enterprise, comprising the medical center and the school of medicine, will be renamed Keck Medicine of USC.

"This [gift] will be a catalyst for dramatic discoveries and developments in medical research, teaching and patient care," said USC president C.L. Max Nikias. "As we enter an era that demands nothing less than a global revolution in the medical sciences, the Keck Foundation has invested powerfully in such a revolution, helping USC's academic medical center take a momentous leap forward in its efforts to improve and advance the human condition."

"USC Receives $150 Million Naming Gift From W.K. Keck Foundation." University of Southern California Press Release 06/13/2011.