Basser Research Center: Focusing on BRCA-Related Cancers


October 18, 2012

The NCI Cancer Bulletin profiled Penn Medicine's new Basser Research Center for BRCA, which was established through a $25 million gift from Penn alumni Mindy and Jon Gray in honor of Mindy's sister, Faith Basser, who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 44. "What we will learn about BRCA1/2 in terms of risk, prevention, detection, and therapeutics can be applied not only to other forms of breast and ovarian cancers, but to other cancers as well," said Susan Domchek, MD, executive director of the center. "This is about understanding how cancers develop in these individuals, and, therefore, how we can target them." Many of the researchers – from disciplines across the institution – have worked together before, noted Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, director of the Abramson Cancer Center, but the creation of the center is really a "superglue" that brings people together and enabled Basser researchers to delve into other new areas, such as new imaging capabilities and immunotherapies.

See more: NCI Cancer Bulletin