Navigation Links
Keck School of Medicine of USC receives $24 million gift from Sumner M. Redstone
Date:7/15/2010

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) has announced a $24 million charitable gift from media executive and philanthropist Sumner M. Redstone. The multi-million dollar gift will support cancer research directed by renowned oncologist David Agus, M.D., professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and the USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center.

The donation to the Keck School of Medicine of USC is part of more than $100 million in previously announced charitable grants that Redstone has awarded to fund initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. His contributions have funded research and patient care advancements in cancer, burn recovery and mental health at several major non-profit healthcare organizations, and have provided support for groups that care for impoverished children in Southeast Asia. In addition, Redstone recently donated more than $1 million each to medical research programs at Autism Speaks and to fund scholarships at Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Boston Latin School.

USC has received a portion of the Redstone gift in the form of charitable grants. The remainder of the pledge will be donated over the next three years.

"David Agus is not only an accomplished scientist who is literally changing how we think about cancer, but is also a remarkable physician who brings tremendous skill and compassion to his work with patients," said Redstone. "I was fortunate to meet Dr. Agus shortly after I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and since that time I have benefitted from his expertise. He quite literally saved my life, as he has done for many others.

"It is a privilege to be able to contribute to his groundbreaking work now under way at USC's Keck School of Medicine, which has not only become an important center for outstanding patient care, but also for excellence in clinical cancer research," Redstone added.

Agus said, "Sumner is one of the most remarkable people I've ever met; it continues to be an honor to be involved in his care. Here is a man who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer, and used the diagnosis as a rally call to help advance the cause of cancer research. It's impressive to watch him fight this disease head on, as well as make a philanthropic donation toward curing cancer that will benefit generations to come.

"We are working on new treatments for prostate cancer, and this tremendous philanthropic gift from Sumner allows our team to think outside of the box," Agus added. "He gives us free rein to think about the world of health care in a different way, and he pushes us to be more entrepreneurial by focusing on incremental gains and taking risks in areas where there are breakthrough opportunities."

Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A., expressed appreciation for the gift. "This extraordinarily generous gift from Sumner Redstone will boost Dr. Agus' exciting research program, which we believe has the potential to make a revolutionary impact on cancer therapy," he said.

Agus is co-leader of the National Cancer Institute-funded Physical Sciences in Oncology Center at USC, which aims to bring physical science researchers, including physicists and mathematicians, together with biological scientists, in hopes of creating new paradigms with which to approach and treat cancer. Agus is a member of the NCI-designated USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center faculty.

Agus' research focuses on the application of proteomics and genomics for the study of cancer and the development of new cancer therapeutics. These advanced technologies reveal valuable information regarding the on and off switches of cancer and the various factors involved in cancer origins, progression and response to treatment. Agus' clinical responsibilities include the development of clinical trials for new drugs and treatments for cancer.


'/>"/>

Contact: Leslie Ridgeway
leslie.ridgeway@usc.edu
323-442-2823
University of Southern California
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Medical Training School, Pima Medical Institute Offering First Bachelor's Degree Program
2. Governor Rendell Proposes Budget With No Tax Increase, More Money for Public Schools, Strategy for Jobs, Plan to Address Future Deficits
3. Chiquita Announces Support for School Salad Bar Campaign
4. If children wont go to school
5. Global Health Defined as Public Health in a New Lancet Commentary by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)
6. National Network of Digital Schools, SlateXP and UMPS CARE Raise $75,000 for Children
7. San Diego Unified School District Awarded Silent Hero Grant From got breakfast?(R) Foundation
8. At Risk Children Receive Free Dental Services at Communities In Schools Clinic
9. ECELA Spanish School in Argentina Offers Students Opportunity to Work in Buenos Aires Free Health Fair
10. Bromley Brook Boarding School for Girls Creates Focus Cards to Help Students Regulate Emotions, Solve Problems
11. Jamba Juice Unveils All Fruit Smoothie School Lunch Program
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... for mental health professionals, announced today its affiliation with Tennessee Counseling Association. ... solutions to the network of the Tennessee Counseling Association, adding exclusive benefits and ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... Quality metrics ... yet in many ways they remain in the eye of the beholder, according to ... a publication of The American Journal of Managed Care. For the full issue, ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified ... be personalized through a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two major ... only offer a one size fits all type program , They don’t eliminate ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, ... aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and ... necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson has ... he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. The ... first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Bracket , ... launch its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) ... held on June 26 – 30, 2016 in ... first electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its kind to ... #715. Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... INDIANAPOLIS , June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship is any indication, the future ... today online at www.diabetesscholars.org by the Diabetes ... stand in the way of academic and community service ... scholarship program since 2012, and continues to advocate for ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Revolutionary technology includes multi-speaker listening to ... leaders in advanced audiology and hearing aid technology, has ... the world,s first internet connected hearing aid that opens ...      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160622/382240 ) , ... firsts,: , TwinLink™ - the first dual ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: