Marvin and Betty Danto Research Professorship in Connective Tissue Research
|Betty and Marvin Danto with James Seibold
Photo: Martin Vloet
On October 25, 2006, at the Franklin Hills (Michigan) Country Club, James R. Seibold, M.D., was installed as the first Marvin and Betty Danto Research Professor of Connective Tissue Research.
A professor of internal medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and director of the U-M Scleroderma Program, Seibold’s research interests include systemic sclerosis, Raynaud’s phenomenon, clinical trial design and drug development in rheumatology. He is founder and president of the Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium and is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Physicians.
Marvin Danto, who celebrated his 90th birthday the day of the professorship ceremony, is recognized internationally for his success as an engineer, furniture retailer, real estate developer, community leader and philanthropist. He is CEO and chairman of the board of Danto Investment Company and the Michigan Design Center in Troy, Michigan, and of the Broward (Florida) International Commerce Center.
The Dantos provided the U-M Health System with two gifts. One will support construction of the Cardiovascular Center, which will open in mid-2007. The second gift established the Danto Research Professorship in Connective Tissue Research to fund research on scleroderma and related conditions.
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