The center, for which an inaugural symposium launch is planned for March 2016, will focus on lung injury, repair, and regeneration in an effort to discover new treatments and cures for pulmonary diseases.

“We expect this generous gift from the Hastings Foundation will help us greatly enhance pulmonary research and clinical medicine at Keck Medicine of USC,” said Borok, professor of medicine and biochemistry and molecular biology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “This gift will support our efforts to recruit renowned scientists and promising young researchers in basic lung biology, epigenetics, regenerative medicine and stem cell research, complementing our current research efforts with their knowledge and expertise.”