A recent NewsWise article highlights the crucial work being done at Rutgers University in precision medicine and mentions that an endowed chair was created in the name of supporter Omar Boraie at the Rutgers Cancer Institute to continue doing important research into cancers and their causes. Mr. Boraie, a developer in New Brunswick, recently made a generous donation of 1.5 million dollars to help fund the work being done at the Cancer Institute, and according to Patch.com, the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science will ensure that groundbreaking research currently being done at Rutgers will continue.
Omar Boraie has studied chemistry himself and has long been interested in developments in cancer treatments. The director of the cancer institute at Rutgers has praised his generosity.
Specifically, the endowed chair will help fund research in genomics. Researchers at Rutgers are developing ways to create treatments for cancer at the genetic level, allowing them to customize approaches for individual patients. Rutgers is at the very cutting edge of using precision medicine and genomics to treat cancer, and researchers at the university are pioneering ways of attacking extremely rare forms of cancer that do not respond to conventional therapies.
The endowed chair has been named to Shridar Ganesan, MD, PhD, one of the leading scientists at the Cancer Institute. The research of Dr. Ganesan extends from the idea that cancer is not a single disease but rather a collection of diseases that require individualized treatments. He has made substantial progress at isolating and defining individual strains of the disease, and this has given hope to both scientists searching for cures and patients suffering from rare cancers.
The Rutgers Cancer Institute works closely with hospitals all over New Jersey to gather data, do research, conduct clinical tests and develop treatments. In short, Omar Boraie’s assistance to its mission has the potential to do a tremendous amount of good.