Thursday, June 11, 2015
Gerstner Family Foundation Commits $10 Million to Cancer Research
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced a $10 million gift from the Gerstner Family Foundation, which will expand cancer research at Broad Institute and broaden collaborations with Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The research will focus on the changes tumors undergo as they become resistant to drugs—the biggest hurdle to conquering the disease. The Gerstner Family Foundation gift will allow Broad Institute to identify the mechanisms that drive cancer drug resistance and pave the way for new treatments.
“Cancer treatment has seen amazing progress over the past decade,” said Eric Lander, PhD, President and Director of Broad Institute. “However, many cancer treatments are only temporary. Curing cancer will require solving the problem of drug resistance. This critical next phase of cancer research is becoming a reality, thanks to the Gerstner Family Foundation’s generous gift....”