09/24/11 Portland, OR
Dear School of Medicine Community:
On September 16, we announced the extraordinary act of generosity from Bob and Charlee Moore who pledged $25 million to form a partnership with OHSU to confront one of the biggest contributors to the rise of chronic disease: poor nutrition. The funds will help us rapidly – and more effectively – move scientific knowledge into the public sphere in ways that measurably improve human health.
The pledge will establish the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at OHSU in the School of Medicine. This commitment bestows on all of us an extraordinary opportunity as well as a responsibility to meet the intent and vision of the Moores.
Over the last several months, a faculty leadership group has had many conversations with the Moores about how to best and most quickly move forward with their vision that the Institute have far-reaching and immediate impact. These conversations are continuing now. While we are still in the early stages of planning, we’ve concluded that the greatest potential for direct impact on individual lives is the rapid translation of knowledge into clinical practice through education, community-based outreach, clinical nutrition research and human investigations.
As for immediate next steps, we will recruit a national figure for the Institute who will bring intellectual leadership and inspiration to the Institute, through an endowed position, as well as help lead a planning process that identifies near-term, high-impact outreach and education actions. We will also focus on examining existing research results to identify what is most relevant to human nutritional health and how to best share this knowledge in ways that help guide personal decision-making and inform public policies.
We look forward to partnering with the Moores to help realize a shared vision of changing human health by improving nutrition and our understanding of the role nutrition plays in health. The Moores’ commitment to a future in which we can dramatically reduce the impact of chronic diseases has the potential to positively impact the health of people not just today but for generations to come.
Mark Richardson, MD, MBA
Dean, OHSU School of Medicine
President, Faculty Practice Plan