$540 million for cancer research

Daniel K. Ludwig

Great news for cancer research. Today, it was announced that a posthumous donation by Daniel K. Ludwig totaling $540 million would be distributed across six different research centers. The six institutions that will benefit from this donation include:

  1. Harvard Medical School
  2. MIT
  3. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City
  4. Johns Hopkins University Medical School
  5. Stanford University Medical School
  6. University of Chicago Medical School

This is a timely announcement, as funding in the biomedical field is at an all-time state of volatility. Furthermore, it continues the growing trend of philanthropists billionaires donating large sums to various institutions (Sloan Kettering and Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC come to mind)

I will be curious to see whether these centers will try and cooperate with one another in order to tackle the problem from different and complementary angles, or whether they will go in a all-out-war on the topic of “who is the quickest to publish a widely incomplete study in Nature”. No doubt though that Harvard Medical School and MIT will most likely be working hand-in-hand on this problem, which in my completely unimportant opinion, is a great thing. All in all, as a researcher that has dabbed in the field of cancer research, I think this is great news.

More details on this announcement can be found here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2014/01/06/harvard-mit-cancer-research-centers-receive-grants/LMcFhSyx6Ao8m7cdMWZIjM/story.html






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