Not many people would consider the possibility of effecting cancer research without being a doctor. Not so with New Jersey real-estate developer Omar Boraie who has pledged $1.5 million for the creation of an endowed chair at Rutgers Cancer Institute in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This endowment and chair position will be for Genomics medicine, a process of using the genome specific to a cancer to precisely tailor treatments to specific patients to increase the chances of successful treatment. This new chair position comes as part of the Rutgers Center’s 18 chair challenge. An anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $1.5 million for the creation of each new endowed chair position, which will greatly expand the Rutgers Cancer Center’s scope of research paving the way for future breakthroughs in cancer treatment.
According to Yahoo.com, the new Omar Boraie endowment, will be used to finance the research and development of genomic medicine at Rutgers Cancer institute. The new chair position will ensure that the Genomic medicine department will be fully funded for years to come. The endowment will also finance research and development allowing the doctors at Rutgers institute to develop better and more targeted therapies for cancer ensuring that the Rutgers Center is at the forefront of cancer research for years to come.
According to a 2015 article from newswise.com (available at http://newswise.com/articles/omar-boraie-chair-in-genomic-science-established-at-rutgers-cancer-institute) Genomics is the science of using targeted gene therapy for the treatment of specific cancers. Cancer is not a single disease but many diseases with similar growth pattern. By using genetic markers to target specific cancers doctors and patients can expect better treatment outcomes and fewer side effects.
The donation by Mr. Omar Boraie and the creation of the endowed chair position ensures that Rutgers Cancer institute will maintain it’s commitment to the development of new techniques for developing new cancer treatments and techniques. This endowment according to the NY Times will also all continue to make New Brunswick, New Jersey into a health care city. Strengthening the economy as well as ensuring that cancer research continues giving hope and new treatment options to the millions who suffer from cancer and those that have not yet been diagnosed. For many cancer is an all too real fear, but with endowments and donations like the Omar Boraie Genomic Research chair at the Rutgers Institute we are one step closer to realizing the dream of a cancer free future.
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