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Raytheon donates $100k for trauma research at UA

A $100,000 donation from Raytheon will support UA research on treating those wounded on the battlefield, as well as trauma victims here at home.

Raytheon Missile Systems made the donation to the Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery in the University of Arizona Department of Surgery.

"Specific research areas will include developing devices to detect and treat chest injuries, new human based resuscitation fluids, and new treatments to stop bleeding. Studies also will focus on traumatic brain injury, tissue transplantation and suspended animation," a UA news release said.

"Advancement for warfighters also will have an immediate impact at home as it will be just as applicable for civilian trauma," said Dr. Peter Rhee, the UA's chief of trauma, critical care and emergency surgery.

"The tragic shooting in January exemplifies why we need an excellent trauma program in Tucson and Southern Arizona," said Dr. Rainer Gruessner, chair of the UA's Department of Surgery.

Gruessner stressed the importance of "innovative research to discover new treatments and cures and to retain the high-caliber academic trauma and surgical teams we have at the University of Arizona."

The busiest trauma center in the state, the facility at the UA Medical Center is Southern Arizona's only top-level trauma center. It is ranked in the top five percent nationally, the UA said.

Defense contractor Raytheon had 2010 sales of $25 billion. It employs 72,000 worldwide, with about 10,500 working at its Tucson missile manufacturing site, making it the region's largest employer.

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