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UCLA Medical Researchers Rejects $3M From Sterling

From the CBS Los Angeles affiliate, KNX:

UCLA Rejects $3M Gift From Donald Sterling For Kidney Research

April 29, 2014

WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Researchers at UCLA will return a portion of a $3 million pledge that Clippers owner Donald Sterling made to support kidney research, school officials announced Tuesday.

The university is returning the initial $425,000 payment from the Donald T. Sterling Foundation made earlier this month, and will not accept the balance of the money, calling the comments he made in a recorded conversation “divisive and hurtful,” according to spokesperson Phil Hampton.

Dr. Ira Kurtz, a professor of medicine in UCLA’s Division of Nephrology was awarded the gift earlier this month to fund research on the structural properties of key proteins in the kidney that affect its function in health and disease…

[T]he project’s ultimate goal is to aid in the development of drugs to treat patients with kidney disorders.

The school issued the following statement: “Mr. Sterling’s divisive and hurtful comments demonstrate that he does not share UCLA’s core values as a public university that fosters diversity, inclusion and respect. For those reasons, UCLA has decided to return Mr. Sterling’s initial payment of $425,000 and reject the remainder of a $3 million pledge he recently made to support basic kidney research by the UCLA Division of Nephrology.”

Talk about ‘cutting off your nose to spite your face.’ Don’t black people suffer from kidney disorders?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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