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Duke gets $35 million for research

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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University Medical School has received a $35 million gift to fund research into fighting diseases such as cancer, diabetes and arthritis.

The donation from David H. Murdock, chairman and owner of Castle & Cook and Dole Food Co., is the largest ever to the medical school and will fund a study in conjunction with the University of North Carolina system.

The study focuses specifically on translational medicine, which refers to the methods doctors and scientists use to turn knowledge into actual applications.

The five-year study is called “Measurement to Understand Reclassification of Disease Cabarrus/Kannapolis,” or M.U.R.D.O.C.K., in honor of the donor.

Murdock is the primary funder behind the North Carolina Research Campus, a life sciences center established on the site of a former textile mill in Kannapolis, N.C.

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