Dolly Parton gives $1M to infectious disease research

The new gift is one of several that Parton has made to the center over the years, including a $1 million gift in April 2020 for COVID vaccine research.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dolly Parton is donating $1 million to pediatric infectious disease research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, the organization announced Wednesday.

The new gift is one of several that Parton has made to the center over the years, including a $1 million gift in April 2020 for COVID vaccine research. That gift helped Vanderbilt researchers test a range of drugs aimed at reducing the life-threatening symptoms associated with COVID-19, the center said in a press release. Researchers are also looking for entirely new therapies to both treat COVID-19 and prevent infection.

Parton’s new gift will support a variety of ongoing research at the medical center, including understanding how viruses and bacteria cause disease, understanding and preventing antibiotic resistance, preventing and treating infection, diagnosing and treating infection in children with cancer and the Measuring the impact of childhood infections around the world, the press release said.

“Dolly’s previous support of infectious disease research and also our childhood cancer program has saved countless lives,” said Dr. Jeff Balser, President and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “This new gift will strengthen our defenses against future threats to the security of this region and society as a whole.”

Parton said she supports the work because she loves children.

“No child should ever have to suffer,” Parton said in a press release. “I’m willing to do my part to keep as many of them as healthy and safe as possible.”

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