USC gets $150 million gift from Keck Foundation for medical programs

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The Keck Foundation is giving a $150 million gift to the University of Southern California and its medical programs.

The gift is designed to boost scientific and clinical research at the university’s medical school and its two affiliated hospitals.

Dr. Edward Crandall, the chair of USC’s Department of Medicine, says the institution will also use some of the grant to attract talent to its medical school.

“Probably our prime effort is going to be in targeting the recruitment of outstanding and transformative new faculty to the Keck School of Medicine," says Crandall. "We’re particularly interested in young people with great futures, but also mid-career and even senior scientists who establish themselves well in their fields of research.”

USC will attach the Keck name to its academic medical programs and its university hospital.

The Keck Foundation also donated $110 million to USC’s medical school 11 years ago.