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Gala Woos Support for Medical Research

 Ralph Clayman, MD, dean of UC Irvine Health School of Medicine, and Elizabeth Tierney performing at a recent gala.

Ralph Clayman, MD, dean of UC Irvine Health School of Medicine, and Elizabeth Tierney performing at a recent gala.

More than 530 people who are helping shape the future of healthcare at UC Irvine’s school of medicine raised $1.26 million to benefit education programs and medical research at a gala earlier this month.

“The synergy between our university and a generous, compassionate Orange County community is transforming the future of health care,” Ralph V. Clayman, MD, dean of the Health School of Medicine.

Clayman presented the Dean’s Leadership Award to retired PIMCO chief executive officer Bill Thompson and his wife, Nancy, for their support of pioneering autism research. More than $400,000 from event proceeds were directed to autism treatment and research.

In tribute to the Thompsons, Derek Paravicini, an autistic, blind piano virtuoso performed the “Tiger Rag” and “Flight of the Bumble Bee”. Paravicini’s awe-inspiring performance celebrated triumph over the challenges that the Thompsons and the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute seek to eliminate.

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