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Ludwig Fund donates $20 million to University of Chicago for cancer research

The Virginia & D.K. Ludwig Fund for Cancer Research, created by American billionaire Daniel K. Ludwig, today announced that it has donated $20 million to each of six leading cancer research institutions -- including the University of Chicago -- to create Ludwig Centers for cancer research. This $120 million donation will provide an immediate boost to cancer research. Subsequent distributions from the Ludwig Fund over the next seven years should enable each Ludwig Center to build a self-sustaining endowment.

The other five Ludwig Centers will be located at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, MA), Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY) and Stanford University School of Medicine (Stanford, CA). Although each center will have its own specific focus, all six will work closely together to share theories and discoveries about the nature of cancer and better ways to treat it.

"This magnanimous series of gifts will make a big difference in a short time in how we understand, prevent and treat cancer," said James L. Madara, M.D., CEO of the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dean of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Chicago. "We expect each of the six centers to make major individual contributions, but the sum of their combined efforts should be even more impressive."

The Ludwig Center at the University of Chicago under the direction of Ralph Weichselbaum, M.D., the Daniel K. Ludwig Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology, and Geoffrey Greene, Ph.D., the Daniel K. Ludwig Professor in the Ben May Cancer Research Institute at the University at the University of Chicago -- will focus on metastasis, the process by which cancer cells migrate from a primary tumor to multipl
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Contact: John Easton
John.Easton@uchospitals.edu
773-702-6241
University of Chicago Medical Center
14-Nov-2006


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