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Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals to Use $1M Gift for Sequencing Underserved Cancer Patients

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals have received a $1 million donation to support genome sequencing for cancer patients across the Northeast Ohio region.

The gift will be dispersed evenly between both institutions over three- years to establish the Rosalie and Morton Cohen Family Memorial Genomics Fund, Cleveland Clinic said on Wednesday.

The fund will expand access to genomic sequencing for underserved populations in the region that have some of the highest mortality rates in the state.

"This new gift will support our research efforts in cancer genomics and will have a direct impact on patient care, providing physicians with better information to tailor treatments specifically to individual patients," Stan Gerson, director of the Seidman Cancer Center and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University, said in a statement.

"With a large majority of cancer patients in Northeast Ohio being seen at either a Cleveland Clinic or University Hospitals facility, we are uniquely positioned to make a significant impact in this new era of cancer care and research," added Brian Bolwell, chairman of Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute.