The Duchossois Family Institute

The Duchossois Family Institute: Harnessing the Microbiome and Immunity for Human Health was established on May 24, 2017, with a $100 million gift from Janet and Craig Duchossois and The Duchossois Family Foundation. The DFI aims to maximize good health and the economic, social, and personal benefits it delivers. 

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Members of the Duchossois Family Foundation. Photo by Richard Shay.

Duchossois Family Foundation

A history of giving

The Chicago-area Duchossois family has a deep commitment to supporting science and medicine. Family members spanning three generations lead The Duchossois Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps fund innovative programs in wellness and education.

To date, the Duchossois family has donated $137 million to drive innovation and transformative care at UChicago Medicine. Over nearly four decades, their generosity has supported treatment and diagnostic centers, research institutes, endowed professorships, and several cancer research funds. 

WITH A RESEARCH, CLINICAL, AND ENTREPRENEURIAL INFRASTRUCTURE, THE DUCHOSSOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE AIMS TO REDUCE THE TIME IT TAKES TO BRING SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS FROM CONCEPT TO MARKET.

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Research and Discovery

Research breakthroughs by DFI scientists and University partners increase our understanding of immunology, genetics, and the microbiome.

Treatments and Intervention

Discoveries are translated into potential new treatment options, and scientists conduct clinical trials to test intervention safety and efficacy.

Business Development

Partnerships with industry and investors bring new interventions to market.

DFI Mission