Penn Receives $25 Million Gift to Create Basser Research Center for Inherited Cancers


May 8, 2012

Penn Medicine News Release

PHILADELPHIA — A $25 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania from alumni Mindy and Jon Gray will establish a center focused on the treatment and prevention of cancers associated with hereditary BRCA mutations.

The Basser Research Center — BRC for BRCA — will support research on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, harmful forms of which are linked to greatly increased risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer. The Center is named in honor of Mindy Gray’s sister, Faith Basser, who died of ovarian cancer at age 44.

“With their profoundly visionary and generous donation, Jon and Mindy have set the stage for scientific breakthroughs that will transform the lives of women and their families for decades to come,” Penn President Amy Gutmann said. “In creating this first-of-its-kind center, the Grays’ gift endows Penn researchers and clinicians with the crucial resources required to identify innovative ways to prevent and treat inherited diseases. The possibilities for the future of women’s health and cancer research are vast.” Read More

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