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September 30, 2014

Turkish Mogul Gives $24-Million to Harvard Health School

Murat Ülker, the billionaire head of Turkish food conglomerate Yildiz Holding, has donated $24-million for a new research center at Harvard University's School of Public Health to study chronic metabolic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, campus newspaper the The Harvard Crimson reports.

The gift establishes the Sabri Ülker Center for Nutrient, Genetic, and Metabolic Research, named for the donor's father, who founded Yildiz. The new center will be led by Gökhan S. Hotamisligil, a professor of genetic and metabolism who is of Turkish origin.