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Monday, December 14, 2020

LAWRENCE — An anonymous donation of $300,000 to the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology was inspired by the donor’s niece and her experience as a doctoral student.

“I hope the gift will aid others who passionately devote their time and effort to vital scientific research,” the donor said. “Students often face financial hardship, which has been compounded by the challenges of the ongoing pandemic.”

Nancy Muma, professor and department chair, said the money will be used to endow a doctoral fellowship and increase opportunities and access for future generations of research students.

“This generous donation will have a tremendous impact on our ability at KU to train pharmacologists to develop novel approaches to treat disease,” Muma said.

The donor’s niece studied with Rick Dobrowsky, professor of pharmacology & toxicology. Ronald Ragan, pharmacy school dean, said the donation is a direct result of the important research performed every day at the school and the lifelong relationships students build with their mentors.

“It’s not often enough that we get a chance to celebrate the dedication and hard work of our research faculty,” Ragan said. “This is a well-deserved honor for Rick and gives us a chance to talk about his dedication to science and to training the next generation of research scientists.”

Dobrowsky expressed his gratitude to the donor for the generous gift and for her continued support of education.

“She has a history of contributing to programs that increase opportunities in the arts, sciences and athletics that promote a holistic development of elementary students.” Dobrowsky said. “Her support for graduate education is an extension of her passion for increasing student success.”

The gift was made through KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU.

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2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
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$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
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