This month the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) received a $10 million gift from Columbia Sportswear President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Boyle to recruit and support the next generation of cancer researchers.
This gift will create a mentorship fund honoring Mr. Tim Boyle’s Aunt Hildegard Lamfrom, who was a leading molecular biologist before she died of cancer in 1984 at age 62.
Hildegard Lamfrom was an outstanding cancer researcher and a trusted advisor who mentored many renowned scientists. One of the beneficiaries of her encouragement was a young undergraduate chemist, Brian Druker, who is now one of leading researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Institute. With Lamfrom’s early mentorship and encouragement, Druker, M.D. gained admission to medical school and set up his career goal in pursuing a cure for cancer. He and his research team at OHSU made headlines when they created the first targeted treatment that kills cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. His novel research turned a previously lethal cancer, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, into a manageable disease and paved the way for development of targeted treatments for other types of cancer.
The mentorship program is an excellent tribute to Hildegard Lamfrom, which will help cultivate a new generation of scientific minds who devote to basic science and push its capacity to solve the most complex problems in human health.
This $10 million gift is the largest private donation in support of a $1 billion OHSU fundraising campaign to revolutionize early detection and treatment of cancer. More than $310 million has been raised to date.
In 2010, the Boyles donated $2.5 million to create the Hildegard Lamfrom Endowed Chair in Basic Science at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. It will combine with the latest gift of $10 million to help meet a bold challenge issued to OHSU by the Knights, Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny. The Knights pledged in 2013 to give $500 million to the Knight Cancer Institute if OHSU raised an equal amount by February 2016. As of June 2014, the Knight Cancer Challenge has attracted a total of $310 million in gifts, including $110 million from more than 5,400 donors and an additional $200 million from the state of Oregon.
A significant number of research funds upcoming at OHSU will ensure the best and the brightest scientists and research hands continue to join OHSU to develop new treatments and cures for cancer. OHSU is a nationally prominent research university and Oregon’s only public health center. OHSU operates dental, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools that rank high both in meeting the university’s social mission and in research funding.
In 2013 OHSU received a total of $340 million in research, including:
- $220 million from the NIH
- $1.2 million from nonfederal government
- $41 million from other Federal
- $42 million from private industries
- $34 million from individuals
Some details about research funds distribution by departments are as follows:
- $228 million rewarded to School of Medicine
- $2 million rewarded to School of Dentistry
- $4.9 million rewarded to School of Nursing
OHSU is an attractive marketplace and home to a significant number of research programs, which are stimulating the next wave of innovative thinking and research that will create the scientific breakthroughs needed to save millions of other lives.
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