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Chicago plans interdisciplinary health research unit

A $100-million donation will be used to set up a research center at the University of Chicago’s medical school to answer questions about how genetics, the immune system and gut microbiome affect human health.

The gift, from university trustee Craig Duchossois and his family foundation, will include research grants for faculty and training grants for postdoctoral fellows. The university said the new research center would emphasize and assist with commercializing technology and medicines.

A press release said the center planned to add new faculty members, but that there was ongoing discussion on how many. T Conrad Gilliam, a University of Chicago immunologist and dean, will be in charge as the center gets off the ground. The university said it could be several years before it named a permanent director.

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