Kahn Foundation Gift Expands Cardiovascular Study
U-M, Israel’s Technion University to collaborate
The U-M Cardiovascular Center has received a generous gift from The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation to establish the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Cardiovascular Medical Engineering Research Fund. The fund will support research by physicians, scientists and engineers doing promising work in biomedicine and bioengineering.
These new collaborations will take place across continents and in dedicated laboratory space at the U-M to be named in honor of D. Dan and Betty Kahn. Initial work will focus on understanding and treating irregular heartbeats, called arrhythmias, with future work expanding into other areas at the interface between heart and blood vessel disease and engineering.
“I have long held the belief that the University of Michigan is one of the great medical research institutions in the world. I also believe it is important for the Michigan economy to support institutions that are based in Michigan,” says D. Dan Kahn, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. “This gift to the University of Michigan to support heart research builds on the gift I made in 2004 to honor the memory of my wife, Betty, and supports the great work being done by the Michigan Cardiovascular Center.” The 2004 gift led to the naming of the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Patient and Family Reception Area at the center. Betty Kahn died in June 2004. Her husband made the gift in gratitude for the care she received from Kim Eagle, M.D., a director of the Cardiovascular Center, and Scott Gitlin, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, hematology/oncology.
Through Kahn’s vision, two world-class institutions — the University of Michigan and Israel’s Technion University — will join forces to potentially transform the ability to diagnose, treat and prevent cardiovascular disease, which is the world’s leading killer. Scientists working in Technion’s D. Dan Kahn Mechanical Engineering Building will collaborate with physicians, scientists, and bioengineers at the U-M’s new D. Dan and Betty Kahn Cardiovascular Medical Engineering laboratories. The space is expected to help realize a vision of the U-M Cardiovascular Center to be the best academic heart and vascular center in the world.
In recognition of the foundation’s gift, the 300-seat auditorium at the Biomedical Science Research Building will be named in honor of the Kahns. With a striking architectural design of glass and curves, the BSRB is the largest research facility on campus. Its spirit of cross-disciplinary research collaboration matches the vision of D. Dan Kahn and this gift.
The Kahns have changed their community with contributions to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit, ORT America and other Jewish community organizations throughout metropolitan Detroit.