$3M gift funds cell research in Rockford
A $3 million gift from a Rockford-area philanthropy will help fund a multidisciplinary center for cell regeneration research at the College of Medicine at Rockford.
The gift from the CWB Foundation, combined with matching university
funds, will also be used for two named professorships to direct the
“The center could yield cures or pioneering innovation that will
enhance quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries, lost limbs
or debilitating diseases,” said University President Bob Easter. “It
will bring in top researchers who will partner with our experts in
medicine, technology and other fields to pursue breakthroughs to improve
the lives of people with disabilities.”
The center will also train clinicians, students and scientists on the science of regenerative medicine.
“We are committed to this endeavor which could lead to an improved
quality of life, something we all strive to achieve for ourselves and
our community members,” said Mark Blazer, CWB Foundation board member.
“I am excited to see what is to come.”
The foundation was established by the late Cedric Blazer, president
of Zenith Cutter Co. and a leading Rockford philanthropist. It supports
projects to benefit people with disabilities, as well as other local
“The interface between and among disciplines, and the promise this
approach will bring towards greater solutions to the challenges faced by
persons with disabilities, is what we are here to celebrate today,”
said Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares at the Jan. 29 announcement of the
gift at the Rockford campus.
The College of Medicine will recruit two scientists for named
professorships to direct the research programs: the Cedric W. Blazer
Professor for cell regeneration research and the Michael A. Werckle
“This key gift provides the impetus for amazing research and
development at the College,” said Martin Lipsky, regional dean at
Rockford, adding that additional funds will be sought for the center’s
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