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University Hospitals Case Medical Center Receives $2M for Cancer Genetics

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University Hospitals Case Medical Center today announced a $2 million gift to advance cancer genetics research.

The money from Linda and Les Vinney goes toward creating a facility where research will be targeted at four cancers — colorectal, brain, breast, and esophageal. Samples will be stored and coded at the Linda and Les Vinney Biorepository and Genomics Facility, which the hospital said will serve as an important resource as University Hospitals opens the new UH Seidman Cancer Center.

"This newly established, state-of-the-art biorepository will fuel the development of novel genetic screening tests, critical in the identification of cancer-causing genetic changes and help us devise precise and effective treatments," Stan Gerson, director of the UH Seidman Cancer Center, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, and professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, said in a statement. "The gift will also support program activities in informatics, biostatistics, and cancer genetic counseling, which is critical for families with multiple cancers, giving hope to patients diagnosed with cancer now, and for generations to come."

Les Vinney is a former president and CEO of Steris, a provider of infection prevention and surgical products and services for the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and research markets. Linda Vinney is a certified genetic counselor.

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