June 27, 2013

New UMass Medical School Chair Focuses On Cancer

UMass Medical School has established a new chair in biomedical research, thanks to an endowment fund created in 2011, the school announced.

The Dr. Eileen L. Berman and Stanley I. Berman Foundation Chair in Biomedical Research was established through funds the Bermans created at the UMass Medicine Cancer Center of Excellence. Its first recipient is Dale Greiner, a professor of molecular medicine.

According to UMass, the Bermans chose to support the school after their own experience in which Eileen was treated at the cancer center in 2010. The endowment focuses on early detection and prevention initiatives. Before Eileen passed away April 7, the family decided to expand its funding to endow a chair to explore and develop therapeutic advances. The focus during the chair's first five years will be research in appendiceal cancer, which Eileen battled for four years, the school said.

"We are proud and grateful that our academic medical center is the beneficiary of the Bermans' support for cancer research. Their generosity reminds us in a very personal way that the work we do here has an immediate and human component," said Michael F. Collins,c hancellor of the medical school. "Their generous support provides financial flexibility for faculty members such as Dr. Greiner to pursue novel research ideas that might otherwise not receive funding through traditional avenues, especially in the current funding environment."

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