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$13.7 million in gifts support UI Center For Macular Degeneration

Gift commitments totaling $13.7 million -- including $10 million from the family of the late Roy J. Carver Sr. -- will fund three new endowed chairs at the University of Iowa, create a new genetics testing laboratory and rename the UI's world-renowned Center for Macular Degeneration.

The Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration (CMD) at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is being named in recognition of the overall gift commitment by the Carver family: Lucille A. Carver of Muscatine, Iowa, who is the widow of Roy J. Carver Sr., who died in 1981; John and Marcia Carver of Rapids City, Ill.; Martin G. and Ruth A. Carver of Muscatine, Iowa; and Roy J. Carver Jr. of Bettendorf, Iowa.

The renaming of the Center for Macular Degeneration for the Carver family is pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at its next meeting March 20-21 in Ottumwa.

The $5 million portion of the Carver family gift that created and named the John and Marcia Carver Nonprofit Genetic Testing Laboratory (NGTL), and $1.2 million for the Carver NGTL from the Foundation Fighting Blindness, were previously announced by the UI on Feb. 3.

"The Carver family has long understood this university's strengths, capabilities and needs in many areas, but nowhere more so than in the health sciences," said UI President David Skorton. "This creative act of generosity on the part of the Carver family will enable one of the UI's premier centers of excellence to continue pursuing innovative research that holds great promise for all who have, or some day may be affected by, blinding eye diseases. This gift from the Carvers -- along with those from Gary and Cammy Seamans, Leo Hauser and the Foundation Fighting Blindness -- constitute a landmark for UI biomedical research."

The three endowed chairs and the faculty recipients are:

  • The Roy J. Carver, Jr. Chair in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, established with a
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Contact: Steve Maravetz
steven-maravetz@uiowa.edu
319-335-8033
University of Iowa
17-Mar-2006


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