NEW YORK, July 11 – The Wolfson Foundation has donated 750,000 pounds sterling ($1.1 million) to help establish a new research center at the Unversity of Sussex to investigate the links between DNA damage, genetic disease, and cancer, the organizations said Wednesday.
The new center, called the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, will employ about 100 scientists when it opens in early 2002, and will specifically study how damage to genes causes cancer and why people with certain genetic diseases are more susceptible to cancer. The chairman of the center will be Alan Lehman, a molecular geneticist at the university.
The British government has already dedicated $7.04 million towards the center, awarded in April 2000. The current grant from the Wolfson Foundation, a charitable organization based in London, is the largest the foundation has contributed to the university.
“The University of Sussex has the highest concentration of internationally renowned experts working in the field of genome damage and stability," Anthony Moore, deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Sussex, said in a statement. "Maintaining this outstanding grouping is one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Centre, whose research will lead to major developments in tackling one of the biggest killers in modern society."