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University of California Establishes Charitable Foundation in Hong Kong, Receives Generous Donation to Establish Chair at UCLA


The University of Californiais pleased to announce the establishment of University of California FoundationLimited, a qualified charitable organization in Hong Kong.One of the first gifts received, a generous donation from William E. (Chip)Connor and family, will establish an endowed chair in cardiothoracictransplantation surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The University of California Foundation has been certified by Hong Kong's Inland RevenueDepartment as a recognized charitable organization under the tax rules of HongKong, providing full deductibility in Hong Kong for donations receivedbenefiting all campuses of the University of California. The foundationwill also enhance the university's ability to support and provide programs,projects and initiatives between UC and universities in Hong Kong and China.

The Connor Administrative Chair will provide leadership forongoing surgical research in heart and lung transplantation for adult andpediatric patients with end-stage heart and lung diseases, as well as research todefine the mechanisms of the body's immune responses to transplanted organs.Research on chronic rejection in heart and lung transplantation will be aprimary focus, including cardiac allograft vasculopathy and reperfusion injuryin heart and lung transplantation.

"Chip's generous gift to UCLA's cardiothoracic transplantprogram will help lead to exciting breakthroughs in the field of heart and lungtransplantation," said Dr. Ronald Busuttil, who holds UCLA's William P.Longmire Jr. Chair in Surgery and is professor and executive chair of thedepartment of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "Weapplaud his commitment supporting the work of our dedicated researchers andimproving the lives of patients in need of lifesaving organ transplants."

UCLA's adult and pediatric heart transplant program, one ofthe largest and most respected programs in the world, performs about 80 to 90transplants each year. The UCLA lung transplant program, which performs about60 to 65 transplants a year, boasts one the best survival outcomes in thecountry, thanks to a modified perfusion technique developed at UCLA. The transplantteam at UCLA has pioneered many new techniques to further improve outcomes forheart and lung transplant patients.

Connor lives in Hong Kong,is married and has three sons. He is chairman and chief executive officer ofprivately held William E. Connor & Associates Ltd., a merchandise sourcingcompany representing many department stores, specialty stores, catalog ande-retailers, and importers in the United States,the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. The company specializesin fashion-related goods, housewares, furniture and office products.

The endowed chair is part of UCLA's Ensuring AcademicExcellence initiative, a five‑year effort aimed at generating$250 million in private commitments specifically for the recruitment andretention of the very best faculty and graduate students. The initiative waslaunched in June 2004 and its goals include $100 million to fund 100new endowed chairs for faculty across campus, increasing the number to 331.

For more information about UCLA's cardiothoracic transplantprogram, please visit

For more information about the University of CaliforniaFoundation Limited, or to make a donation, please write to the University ofCalifornia Foundation at: Level 3, Three Pacific Place, One Queen's Road East,Hong Kong SAR.



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