After a recent donation from University of Michigan alumni Susan and Paul Meister, the University’s Child Health Evaluation and Research Center will be renamed the Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research Center.

Meister, an acclaimed clinical researcher specializing in adolescent health, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1974 and doctorate 1982 from the University of Michigan. For the past two decades, Meister has worked as a researcher at Harvard University and chair of the School of Nursing Board of Advisors at Duke University.

The Meisters’ donation is expected to increase the staff of the center, as well as establish a training program for postdoctoral fellows and provide additional funding for University researchers studying issues of adolescent health.

Established in 1998, the CHEAR Center has brought together staff from across Michigan Medicine, conducting research on modes of improving health care for children and families.

Marschall Runge, the executive vice president for medical affairs at the University, commended the Meisters on their gift to the program, according to a press release from Michigan Medicine.

“The Meisters’ gift will expand and further the multidisciplinary research that is so critical to improve the lives of children,” he said. “Not only will this gift provide operational support, it will also support training programs for MD, Ph.D., and other fellows to ensure a pipeline of high-caliber researchers to lead the future of children’s health research.”

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