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Keck School of Medicine Receives $5 Million Gift for New Cancer Research Initiative

The University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine received a $5 million gift from the Ellison Medical Foundation to support a new cancer research initiative. The project, titled "Molecular Technologies in Cancer," will focus on molecularly targeted therapy and will be led by principal investigator David B. Agus, MD. Founded by entrepreneur and CEO of Oracle Corporation, Lawrence J. Ellison, The Ellison Medical Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting new, creative research that traditional funding sources might not support.

A renowned oncologist and cancer researcher, Dr. Agus joined the Keck School faculty in April this year as a professor of medicine and director of the new USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center. He will also lead a team of researchers at the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Agus served as director of the Spielberg Family Center for Applied Proteomics and as research director of the Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center prior to his appointment at USC. His work has focused on factors influencing the development and progression of cancer and response to treatment. Dr. Agus earned his degree in molecular biology from Princeton University and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed medical internship and residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health Appoints 5 New Members

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health, part of the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), announced the appointment of 5 new members. The committee, comprised of up to 18 members who are appointed by the NIH director, serves to advise the ORWH on appropriate research activities to be undertaken by the national research institutes in regard to research on women's health; research on …

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