Research Donated of $540 Million to be Shared Among Six Cancer Centres

Ludwig Cancer Research, New York announced that its donation of $540 million is intended to solve the mysteries of the growth of Cancer and how it can be eliminated when it gave one of the most generous donations ever towards cancer research.

Mr Ludwig was a real estate owner and a shipping magnet; the society has contributed $2.5 billion so far towards cancer research across the world. These 6 centres that were established in 2006 had received initial sponsorship from Ludwig where each was expected to pool in $90 million and use their annual income from the investments (between $4 million and $5 million) to sponsor basic scientific research.

All of the six centres have separate research focuses besides the ones at MIT and Harvard University that will work in coordination to solve the problem of metastasis.

Robert Weinberg, a cancer biologist at Ludwig Centre for Molecular Oncology at MIT stated – “Metastasis is ultimately responsible for 90% of cancer-associated mortality.” In spite of the devastating power of metastasis, the scientists do not have answers to basic questions in relation to the topics like “is it possible to attack cancer cells once they’ve launched metastases”, or “have they acquired a degree of resistance that will ultimately thwart all of our attempts to eliminate them?”

MIT and Harvard will focus on addressing such questions and figure why many of the drugs that work in treating basic tumours still allow a relapse.

Research on the immune system for fighting cancer will be conducted by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. Research on cancer stem cells (that show no response to any treatment) will be conducted by Stanford University, in Palo Alto, CA.

Research on radiation-based therapies, hormones and metastatic diseases will be conducted by the University of Chicago. Research on early detection and cancer prevention will be conducted at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Centre, Baltimore.

The trustee of Ludwig Cancer Research, Ed McDermott hopes that this donation will instigate other institutions to chip in, since the federal support is now shrinking. The funding from federal sources was bleak between the years 2009 and 2017 and fell by $300 during in the last year because of sequestration.

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