Great Falls McLaughlin Research Institute Receives $ 5 Million Gift | State and regional
The Great Falls-based McLaughlin Research Institute said it recently received a $ 5 million gift from a California couple, the largest contribution in the organization’s history.
The husband at one point was MRI’s first high school intern and has maintained ties with the school.
The donation from Dr Irv Weissman and Dr Ann Tsukamoto-Weissman of Stanford, Calif. Will support the expansion of MRI, including their high school internship program, recruitment efforts and ongoing research projects, as well that launching new directions that ensure the institute’s sustainability, MRI officials said.
âI grew up in Great Falls, I was the first high school intern at the institute, and my future was shaped by that experience,â said Weissman, who is now director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, in a statement. Press release.
âThe entire board is energized by this gift, by what lies ahead and by what is being accomplished at MRI,â said Randy Gray, Chairman of the MRI Board of Directors.
Weissman, who chairs MRI’s scientific advisory committee, said he and his wife decided to make the gift after funding from certain other sources expired.
“… Ann and I wanted to support the important research taking place at Great Falls and help create momentum for the growth and innovation that is happening at MRI,” Weissman said.