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MD Anderson receives over $10 million from Break Through Cancer to support collaborative research with leading cancer centers

MD Anderson receives over $10 million from Break Through Cancer to support collaborative research with leading cancer centers Funding is part of $50 million in grants to teams at five cancer centers charged to work together  Contact: Clayton Boldt, Ph.D. Office: 713-792-9518 Cell: 409-673-5582 crboldt@mdanderson.org  HOUSTON ― The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center...

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Break Through Cancer Announces $50M in Grants to Empower Researchers from Five Top Cancer Research Centers to Work as One

New cancer research foundation will help accelerate discoveries in glioblastoma, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers using a bold new approach. CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 19, 2022 – Today, one year after its founding, Break Through Cancer announced $50 million in grants to support several cutting-edge research projects using a novel “TeamLab” structure—designed to maximize interdisciplinary collaboration among...

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Break Through Cancer Launches Collaborative Model

Break Through Cancer Launches Collaborative Model Across Top U.S. Research Institutions in Pursuit of Cancer Cures New foundation brings together teams from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research...

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NEWS COVERAGE

Break Through Barriers To Drive Progress: Cancer Moonshot Pathways
August 8, 2022
MIT Professor Tyler Jacks has made a mark in cancer work not only by his research but his ability to bring different organizations together.

Through his leadership, Break Through Cancer has spurred a first-of-its-kind collaboration of five of the top cancer research centers in the world: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
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Jesse Boehm Discusses Tackling Rare Cancers Using CRISPR
July 28, 2021
In this CRISPR Cuts episode, Dr. Jesse Boehm, the Chief Scientific Officer of the Break Through Cancer Foundation and principal investigator at the Broad Institute, talks about his work on rare cancers. He also covers how CRISPR technology is transforming cancer research.
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Biden requests $6.5B to fund cancer-focused ARPA-H, an advanced research agency to be housed within NIH
April 9, 2021
“I am pleased to hear President Biden discuss his intentions to establish ARPA-H…Beyond more resources being committed to stimulate advances in biomedical research in general and cancer research in particular, a DARPA-like approach should nicely complement the foundational research coming from the NIH and the NCI.” Tyler Jacks, president of Break Through Cancer to The Cancer Letter.
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Cancer Matters with Dr Bill Nelson – Tyler Jacks from Break Through Cancer
April 1, 2021
Dr Bill Nelson speaks with Tyler Jacks, the President of Break Through Cancer, a collaborative partnership between The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, The Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center designed with the goal of curing the most lethal cancers.
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Breaking Through Cancer: Collaborative translational research goes nationwide
March 16, 2021
The family of Richmond philanthropist William H. Goodwin Jr. has pledged $250 million toward the creation of a cancer foundation, which represents one of the largest gifts ever in cancer research.
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Breaking Through Cancer: Collaborative translational research goes nationwide
March 11, 2021
Two Cancer comes from within us. It is us, our own cells continuously multiplying where and when they should not. Collaboration among cancer cells—via multiple genetic mutations enabling tumor progression, drug resistance or immune evasion—leads to poorer patient outcomes.
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Dana-Farber, MIT partner on $250M effort to cure most challenging cancers
March 9, 2021
Two Massachusetts powerhouses in cancer research have joined together with three other partners to find treatments to some of the most challenging cancers, a pledge for which President Joe Biden has already signaled support. The Break Through Cancer foundation is supported by a $250 million pledge from Virginia real estate moguls Mr. and Mrs. William Goodwin Jr. and the estate of William Hunter Goodwin, III, their son who passed away of cancer in 2020. The gift is one of the largest ever to be given in support of cancer research in the U.S.
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Science Magazine: News in Brief
March 5, 2021
BIG CANCER FUND: A new foundation will provide $250 million for cancer research, one of the largest such gifts ever. Break Through Cancer was financed by a Richmond, Virginia, businessperson whose son died of cancer in 2020. The funding will support research teams drawn from five prominent U.S. university cancer centers that will study cancer types that are difficult to treat and have high mortality rates, including pancreatic and ovarian cancer, glioblastomas, and acute myelogenous leukemia. From Science 371:968, 2021 (10.1126/science.371.6533.968) Reprinted with permission from AAAS
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Cancer Matters with Dr. Bill Nelson – Break Through Cancer
March 4, 2021
Dr. Bill Nelson and Dr. Elizabeth Jaffee discuss the creation of Break Through Cancer, a new collaborative partnership between The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center that will help accelerate research, clinical trials, and new treatments for the most lethal cancers.
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Survivor Net: Top 5 Cancer Centers Team Up after a $250 Million Contribution — Incredible Family Behind One of the Largest Donations for Cancer Research talks to SurvivorNet
March 1, 2021
Benefactor Bill Goodwin says he was convinced he was “on to something” when the cancer center directors personally got involved “not just taking our money, but really trying to do collaborative work with it,” he tells SurvivorNet.
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Philanthropy News Digest: $250 million gift launches cancer research foundation
March 1, 2021
Five leading cancer research institutes have announced a pledge of $250 million from William H. Goodwin, Jr., his wife, Alice, and their family and the estate of William Hunter Goodwin III in support of a new public charity focused on developing solutions to the most intractable challenges in cancer.
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The Chronicle of Philanthropy: A roundup of notable gifts compiled by the Chronicle
March 1, 2021
The Goodwin family has made a challenge pledge of $250 million to endow this new foundation in Cambridge, Mass., that will back research on four types of cancer: acute myelogenous leukemia, glioblastoma, ovarian cancer, and pancreatic cancer.
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$250m Philanthropic Capital Infusion Launches Break Through Cancer Targeting Cures for Most Intractable Cancers
February 27, 2021
One of the largest gifts, even in support of cancer research, $250 million thanks to Mr. and Mrs. William H. Goodwin, Jr., their family, and the estate of William Hunter Goodwin III just helped create the Break Through Cancer foundation, designed to find new solutions to the most challenging cancers.
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The launch of a new foundation called Break Through Cancer was announced
February 26, 2021
The foundation will bring together cancer scientists at five institutions: The Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT in Cambridge, MA, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY, the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
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The Bidens announce initiatives on health inequity and DARPA-like research for cancer
February 26, 2021
On a visit to Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center Feb. 24, first lady Jill Biden issued an unprecedented presidential call to action on reducing health inequities…
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Break Through Cancer launches collaborative model across top U.S. research institutions in pursuit of cancer cures
February 25, 2021
New foundation brings together teams from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT.
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Remarks by President Biden at an Event Commemorating the 50 Millionth COVID-19 Vaccine Shot
February 25, 2021
And relatedly, I’m delighted to see five of the nation’s leading cancer centers are joining forces today to build on the work of the Cancer Moonshot I was able to do during the Obama-Biden administration to help break through silos and barriers in cancer research. We’re making progress.
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The Cancer Letter Conversation with The Cancer Letter
February 25, 2021
Five academic cancer centers have formed a unique research alliance, Break Through Cancer, to focus on four cancer types—pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, glioblastoma, and acute myelogenous leukemia.
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5 Leading Research Institutions to Target Toughest Cancers With New Public Foundation
February 25, 2021
Break Through Cancer, a collaborative research effort between 5 top US academic cancer centers, aims to pursue solutions to some of the most difficult challenges in cancer research.
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5 US cancer centers launch major research initiative: 6 things to know
February 25, 2021
A new research foundation, Break Through Cancer, will combine research teams from five of the country’s leading cancer centers to develop new treatments, advance clinical trials and improve patient outcomes, the organization announced Feb. 25.
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M.D. Anderson, four other hospitals launch national cancer research foundation with $250M gift
February 25, 2021
A new research foundation, Break Through Cancer, will combine research teams from five of the country’s leading cancer centers to develop new treatments, advance clinical trials and improve patient outcomes, the organization announced Feb. 25.
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