The Basser Center for BRCA provides grant funding opportunities for researchers working on BRCA1 and BRCA2 related projects and awards an annual global prize honoring highly influential work in BRCA1/2. In addition, the Center holds monthly noon seminars on BRCA1/2 related topics and hosts an annual scientific symposium.
Reflecting the Center's mission to use cutting edge research in basic and clinical sciences to advance the care of individuals living with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, the Basser Center provides annual funding opportunities to University of Pennsylvania and external investigators. Studies must be related to BRCA1/2 but range from basic science, to clinical/translational research. Collaborative projects are strongly encouraged. Please note, the science must have relevance to the study of BRCA1/2 to be considered.
The Basser Global Prize has been established to honor a visionary scientist who has conceptually advanced BRCA1/2 related research that has led to improvements in clinical care. The prize will be considered for a broad range of basic, translational and clinical cancer researchers worldwide. The Awardee will give the Keynote address at the annual Basser Center for BRCA Symposium the following year.
The Basser Center for BRCA sponsors a noon lunch seminar the first Friday of each month to encourage cross-disciplinary conversation and collaboration among researchers. Each seminar features lectures by Penn or guest investigators working on BRCA1/2 related studies. Investigators present projects ranging from basic science studies and clinical research, to work on outreach, risk assessment, and communication.
The Basser Center sponsors an annual scientific symposium which began with the April 2013 "Recent Advances in Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics" event. The 2015 symposium featured BRCA experts from around the world and covered recent advances and future directions in BRCA research and clinical management of carriers. At the Basser symposium, the Basser Global Prize winner presents the keynote address, with Mary-Claire King, PhD receiving the second annual award. Read more about previous and upcoming symposia.
In order to support BRCA related research across the University of Pennsylvania, the Basser Center has made available an inventory of a variety of cell lines, reagents and data for use by Penn investigators. Materials and data can be requested using your PennKey and password here.