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We have sponsored research at the University of Arizona's Steele Children's Research Center since 1992 with our $6.8 million in donations. We remodeled and modernized the Arizona Elks Pediatric Clinic and provide funds for an endowed chairs in Statewide Pediatric Research and Faculty Research for Technology and Innovation. We are also very proud of our Elks Youth Camp located in the Sierra Ancha Mountains in the northeast Arizona. This camp is open and available to all your youth groups throughout the state at no charge for bonafide Youth Groups in Arizona.
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One of the first projects the Elks undertook was supporting the building of two research labs on the sixth floor of the Steele Center. Work in these labs has made organ transplants in children a viable option today.
Core support funds were used for needed facilities improvements throughout the Steele Center. Funds helped repair existing equipment and purchase new equipment, such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines-used in DNA cloning for sequencing and DNA-based phylogeny and in 2016 a Confocal Microscope was added to the arsenal.
Marvin Lewis was a past Grand Exalted Ruler and was passionate about education and helping children. Funds were used to renovate the pediatric residency offices and create a conference room within the residency office. Upon completion of the offices, the space was named the “Marvin Lewis Pediatric Teaching Center.” In 2017, more than 1000 residents applied for 16 openings at this prestigious center.
In 2003, the Arizona Elks committed to creating the “Arizona Elks Endowed Chair in Neonatology Research.” An endowed chair generates income that lasts forever. Every year, a portion of the interest is available to the Chair to support his research and provide seed funding to promising young investigators interested in neonatal research.
In 2017 this chair created a leadership position to focus on children’s health throughout Arizona. In the Maricopa County, the State’s population center, Elks sponsored the Phoenix Translational Research Facility.
Following the up on amazing research being done with the Confocal Microscope Arizona Elks purchased for the Steele Center in 2016, this endowment provides the best equipment available for the researchers at the Center. “Research is moving at a pace not seen before,” said Steele Center Director Dr. Fayez Ghishan “To keep pace the Elks are providing the latest scientific equipment.”
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