UCLA Rejects $3M Gift From Donald Sterling For Kidney Research

CBS Los Angeles

WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Researchers at UCLA will return a portion of a $3 million pledge that Clippers owner Donald Sterling made to support kidney research, school officials announced Tuesday.

The university is returning the initial $425,000 payment from the Donald T. Sterling Foundation made earlier this month, and will not accept the balance of the money, calling the comments he made in a recorded conversation “divisive and hurtful,” according to spokesperson Phil Hampton.

Dr. Ira Kurtz, a professor of medicine in UCLA’s Division of Nephrology was awarded the gift earlier this month to fund research on the structural properties of key proteins in the kidney that affect its function in health and disease.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the project’s ultimate goal is to aid in the development of drugs to treat patients with kidney disorders.[cbs-audio-player title=”UCLA Rejects $3M Gift From Donald Sterling For Kidney Research” artist=”Ed Mertz” download=false image=”http://cbsla.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/knx-logo-black.jpg”…

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