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University of Pittsburgh Gets $1M for Personalized Medicine Chair

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Pittburgh today said that it has received two $1 million gifts from The Pittsburgh Foundation to endow chairs for cancer research and personalized medicine.

The gifts will support The Pittsburgh Foundation Endowed Chair in Innovative Cancer Research and The Pittsburgh Foundation Endowed Chair in Personalized Medicine. The non-profit UPMC health system will match the $1 million gift for the personalized medicine chair, the university said.

"With personalized medicine, we aim to move the 'one-size-fits-all' model of medicine to a tailored, 'right-sized' model — delivering the right therapy to the right person at the right time," Steven Shapiro, executive vice president and chief medical and scientific officer of UPMC, said in a statement. "If advances in personalized medicine allow physicians to prevent or better treat these diseases based on a patient's genomic profile, the potential savings in human and financial terms could be very significant."

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