A joint venture between Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center is getting a $1 million boost, thanks to a donation from Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge.
The Baldridge’s gift will fund a study of stem cell metabolism at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute. The research could lead to new ways of regenerating damaged tissues and more effectively treat cancer. It will assess the extent to which tissue stem cells are metabolically different from other types of cells.
Sean Morrison, M.D., director of the Children’s Research Institute, said the goal of the Institute is to discover the therapies of tomorrow for children. He explained that research at the interface of stem cell biology and metabolism has the potential to reveal important new strategies for treating diseases.
“When we heard about what the Children’s Research Institute could accomplish, the potential there seemed so great that we felt compelled to donate and say, ‘Go for it,’” Emy Lou Baldridge said.
The Baldridges have been supporters of Children’s since 1998. Their recent gift is their largest donation to the not-for-profit pediatric hospital.