Located within Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, The Basser Research Center for BRCA focuses exclusively on BRCA1 and BRCA2. The Basser Center is the first comprehensive BRCA-focused center of its kind with research initiatives ranging from the basic biology of BRCA-related cancers to communication of BRCA test results within families. The center has a broad mission:
To use cutting edge research in basic and clinical sciences to advance the care of individuals living with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.
A $25 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania from alumni Mindy and Jon Gray has established the Basser Research Center for BRCA, a center focused solely on the prevention and treatment of cancers that are associated with heritable BRCA mutations, which greatly increase risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
While pushing forward BRCA research, the Basser Research Center also serves as a center of excellence where BRCA1 & 2 positive individuals and their families can go for clinical care, BRCA news, clinical research opportunities and education and support.
To promote research relevant to BRCA1 and BRCA2, the Center awards grants to University of Pennsylvania faculty members through The Basser Stars Pilot Program for junior faculty and Basser Research Center Grants for all Penn faculty. Additionally, the Center awards the annual Basser Global Prize to an international expert and hosts educational seminars and conferences.