Kathryne And Gene Bishop Commit More Than $6 Million To Find Breakthroughs In Pediatric Medicine

April 30, 2018

Gift will provide vital support for Children’s Research Institute

Former board member of Children’s Health, Gene Bishop, and his wife, Kathy, have made a commitment of approximately $6 million to support the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI).

A previous gift from the couple to support the CRI endowed the Kathryne and Gene Bishop Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Research at Children’s Research Institute at UT Southwestern. Dr. Sean Morrison, director of the CRI, holds that chair. Dr. Morrison is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and within the CRI, he is principal investigator of the Hamon Laboratory for Stem Cell and Cancer Biology. He is also a professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he holds the Mary McDermott Cook Chair in Pediatric Genetics.

CRI is home to an interdisciplinary group of over 85 scientists and physicians in seven laboratories who work at the interface of stem cell biology, cancer and metabolism. These fields offer uncommon potential for fundamental scientific discoveries and the development of new therapies. Launched in 2011, the joint venture between Children’s Health and UT Southwestern marries the superior clinical reputation of the eighth-largest pediatric health system in the country with the research powerhouse of UT Southwestern. When completely funded with a $200 million endowment, 15 research laboratories and some 150 scientists will be searching for new treatments for devastating childhood diseases.

Mr. and Mrs. Bishop have actively supported Children’s Health for more than 40 years.


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