Over the last 50 years, beginning as The Protein Foundation, then merging with the Blood-Grouping Laboratory of Children’s Hospital to form the Center for Blood Research, and today as the CBRI Institute for Biomedical Research, the CBRI has enriched the bioscientific and medical communities. It has provided the building blocks for thousands of investigations and is home to hundreds of investigators. Its success is heralded among investigators and physicians who are aware of its activities.
Growing out of the work of Edward Cohn, Louis Diamond, and continuing through James Tullis, to the leadership of Douglas Surgenor, and now Fred Rosen, the CBR has been a wonderful success. The early efforts to separate plasma into its components; the storage of blood first in liquid form and then frozen; the pheresis of platelets for clinical use, through to the recognition of a variety of biologic functions through to their specific molecular identification as adhesion molecules, growth factors; etc., CBRI continues to flourish. Current investigations apply to many of the scourges of modern society including diabetes, leukemia, AIDS, lupus, immune deficiencies, and cancers. CBRI has been there on the leading edge.
Those of us who have passed through CBRI as undergraduates, doctoral and postdoctoral students, fellows, clinicians, and senior investigators know the legacy of the institute. We know its meritorious past and its bright future.
A newly established Associates Program of CBRI has two goals: 1) To increase the awareness of the general community to the importance of CBRI; 2) To increase the flexibility of the scientific director to bring along young investigators by having available bridge funding, while enhancing the activities of the entire program. CBRI investigators are very successful in acquiring funding (CBRI is in the top 1% nationwide of NIH funding per investigator), but we know how restrictive these funds are. The Associates Program wants to make it easier for the scientific director and the president of CBRI to carry out the institute’s goals.
As a prior fellow of the laboratory, I have now volunteered to help establish an active channel of information about the laboratory to its hundreds of alumni, and to activate channels of financial support back to the Institute.
Therefore, this is an organization and a solicitation letter. We want to put together a full list of persons and addresses that have been in the organization, and have thus shared in its excitement. Any donation is appreciated. For $1000, you will get a copy of Douglas Surgenor’s book Edward Edwin, J. Cohn, and The Development of Protein Chemistry. The book will spark your pride in having been affiliated with this institutionally rich organization and to be among its remarkably productive alumni.
Murray M. Bern, M.D.