$150 million anonymously donated
to UCSF for cancer research
By Laura Dudnick
June 21, 2007
A pledge of $150 million, the largest philanthropic commitment
from an individual ever given to the University of California,
San Francisco, will be used to support research at UCSF's Cancer
Center, the university announced today.
The gift was donated anonymously and will be used to boost UCSF's
efforts to become a world leader in cancer care and a West Coast
hub for experimental therapies in treating cancer patients.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., behind
only heart disease; and the National Cancer Institute estimates
that one in 29 Americans are living with cancer.
Specifically, the pledge will be used to strengthen five major
components of UCSF's nationally credited Cancer Center program,
the statement said.
The five elements designated as priorities for research and development
include experimental therapies; database development; recruitment,
retention and training; patient care and support services; and
"translational" research, in which UCSF will incorporate
the latest advances in technology into current research.
UCSF's Cancer Center will also use the gift for the development
of a world-class database system that will eventually support
individualized patient therapies.
"The magnitude of this gift reflects the enormity of need
for funding in both cancer research and the translation of that
research into successful therapies for every patient," Frank
McCormick, the Cancer Center program's director, said in the statement.
The Cancer Center is ranked first in California and sixth nationwide
in National Cancer Institute research grants.
The two largest previous philanthropic pledges received, other
than land, were unrelated $50 million commitments from Atlantic
Philanthropies, an organization committed to helping disadvantaged
people, and Genentech, Inc., a leading biotechnology research
company, according to the statement.
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