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May 21. 2009
he University of Michigan
Cardiovascular Center has
received a $5 million gift from
the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation.
The gift will establish the D. Dan and
Betty Kahn Cardiovascular Medical
Engineering Research Fund to support
research by physicians, scientists and
engineers doing promising work in
biomedicine and bioengineering. Initial Betty and D. Dan Kahn
work will focus on understanding and
treating irregular heartbeats, called
arrhythmias, with future work expand-
ing into other areas at the interface
The cardiovascular center opened the
between heart and blood vessel disease
doors of the state-of-the-art facility in
2007. It has become a space of hope and
These new collaborations will take
healing for thousands of patients fight-
place across continents and in dedicated ing heart diseases and vascular disor-
laboratory space at U-M to be named in ders including stroke.
honor of D. Dan and Betty Kahn.
In recognition of the donor, the
"I have long held the belief that the
300-seat auditorium at the Biomedical
University of Michigan is one of the
Science Research Building will be
great medical research institutions in
named in honor of the Kahns. It is the
the world. I also believe it is important
largest research facility on campus.
for the Michigan economy to support
Lab space is organized along research
institutions that are based in Michigan.
themes, such as molecular imaging,
This gift to the University of Michigan
cardiovascular science, nanotechnology,
to support heart research builds on the
regenerative medicine and gerontology,
gift I made in 2004 to honor the mem-
to foster project collaboration and intel-
ory of my wife, Betty, and supports the
great work being done by the Michigan
A ceremony dedicating the audito-
Cardiovascular Center," said D. Dan
rium in honor of D. Dan Kahn and his
Kahn of Bloomfield Hills.
late wife Betty is planned this summer.
It is through Kahn's vision that two
D. Dan Kahn has made other gener-
world-class institutions, the University
ous gifts to the University of Michigan.
of Michigan and Israel's Technion
In 2004, D. Dan Kahn thanked the U-M
University will come together to poten-
Health System and honored the mem-
tially transform the ability to diagnose,
ory of his wife, Betty, with a $1 million
treat and prevent the world's leading
gift to the cardiovascular center. It led
killer — cardiovascular disease.
to the naming of the D. Dan and Betty
"D. Dan Kahn recognizes that the
Kahn Patient and Family Reception
discovery process requires brilliant
Area at the Cardiovascular Center, an
minds working in collaboration:' says
area streaming with light. Betty Kahn
James Woolliscroft, M.D., dean of the
died in June 2004.
University of Michigan Medical School.
Her husband made the gift in grati-
"In today's world, those relationships
tude for the care she received from Kim
are often with global partners and we
Eagle, M.D., a director of the cardio-
look forward to the opportunity to
vascular center, and Scott Gitlin, M.D.,
work with Technion, a university with
associate professor of internal medicine,
a tradition of excellence and focus on
The Kahns have changed their greater
Scientists working in Technion's D.
community with contributions to the
Dan Kahn Mechanical Engineering
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Building will collaborate with physi-
Detroit, United Jewish Foundation of
cians, scientists, and bioengineers at
Metropolitan Detroit, ORT America and
U-M's new D. Dan and Betty Kahn
other Jewish community organizations
Cardiovascular Medical Engineering
throughout Metro Detroit. Li