Leaders of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, which has its Grand Aerie on Gateway Circle South, as well as the University of Iowa and the UI Foundation recently announced a $25-million gift commitment from the Eagles that will fund diabetes research at the university.

Leaders of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, which has its Grand Aerie on Gateway Circle South, as well as the University of Iowa and the UI Foundation recently announced a $25-million gift commitment from the Eagles that will fund diabetes research at the university.

The University of Iowa will establish the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center in the new UI Institute for Biomedical Discovery.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles gift will fund endowed chairs and fellowships for diabetes researchers, provide seed research grants for innovative research ideas and help recruit leading scientists in diabetes research and translational medicine.

"This partnership between the University of Iowa and the Fraternal Order of Eagles is not only something we should do; it's something we must do to find a cure for diabetes," Bill Loffer, membership director and immediate past chairman of the Fraternal Order of Eagles board of trustees, was quoted as saying.

Founded in 1898, the Fraternal Order of Eagles funds research in areas such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and cancer, and raises money for neglected and abused children and the aged.