According to the news release, Vanderbilt’s pediatric infectious diseases division conducts research on how viruses and bacteria cause disease, antibiotic resistance, prevention and treatment of infections in children with cancer, and “research to define the impact of infections children around the world”.
“Dolly’s past support of infectious disease research, as well as our pediatric cancer program, has already saved countless lives,” Dr. Jeff Balser, president and CEO of VUMC and dean of the University, said in the news release. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “This new gift will strengthen our defenses against future threats to the security of this region and society in general. She speaks volumes about her passion for people, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”