Campese expressed his gratitude to Dean Puliafito and to UKRO for making this dream come true.
"Despite enormous progress made in the last 50 years, as of today we do not know the causes of many kidney diseases and how to best treat them. With this new research center we plan to further unravel the causes of many kidney diseases, the connections between kidney disease and cardiovascular diseases, and hopefully contribute to reducing the number of patients who reach the point of needing dialysis treatment and transplantation," Campese said.
The UKRO gift – the largest the organization has pledged to USC—adds to the $366 million that has been raised by the Keck School of Medicine of USC as part of the ambitious Campaign for the University of Southern California. The campaign, the largest active campaign in higher education, was launched in 2011 with the goal of securing $6 billion or more in private support over several years from individual donors, foundations and corporations. Twenty-five percent of the total campaign will be raised for the Keck School of Medicine. For more information about the Campaign, visit campaign.usc.edu/campaign/