PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A $125 million gift from Nike's founder will establish a cardiovascular institute at Oregon Health and Science University that the hospital promises will speed the development of treatment strategies for cardiovascular disease and get them to patients faster.
The gift from Phil Knight is expected to help in recruiting doctors and bridging the so-called translational gap between the data found in research and its application in a clinical setting.
OHSU physicians Albert Starr and Sanjiv Kaul will lead the project, aiming to confront the entire spectrum of cardiovascular disease, from prevention to regeneration of tissue after a heart attack.
OHSU Foundation interim president Constance French says the gift is "changing the game" in the field of cardiovascular medicine.
The $125 million donation is the largest in OHSU history.