In September 2012, UKRO entered into an agreement with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California to establish what we envision as a a premier center nationally for kidney research—the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center (KRC).
UKRO has made an initial $3.5 million pledge to support the establishment of the KRC. Our gift will be matched by equivalent contributions from the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Research at the KRC will be the primary beneficiary of UKRO’s fundraising for the foreseeable future.
The KRC will conduct both basic and applied research programs at USC to identify the causes, improve upon the existing treatments, and—ultimately—find a cure for all forms of kidney disease. It will be operated under the auspices of the Keck School of Medicine’s nephrology division, chaired by Vito M. Campese, M.D., professor of medicine, who also chairs UKRO’s Medical Scientific Advisory Board, and has been instrumental in the planning of the KRC.