Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has received a $10 million gift to support research that harnesses the immune system to fight cancer, infectious diseases, and disorders caused by autoimmunity and immune deficiencies.
The gift from Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky will advance cutting-edge work at the newly named Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs.
The gift also supports an endowed distinguished professorship for the center’s director, Robert D. Schreiber, the inaugural Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky Distinguished Professor. Schreiber, who is highly regarded for his expertise in cancer immunotherapy, recently was named a senior adviser to the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative led by Vice President Joe Biden.
“Andy and Jane’s generous gift will be used not only to support the innovative work of Dr. Robert Schreiber but also to benefit the distinguished team of researchers and physicians who are members of the center,” said Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. “These scientists are making incredible advances in the field of human immunology, with a goal of turning research advances into improved patient outcomes.
Schreiber has led the center since its establishment in 2014 with a focus on nurturing the translation of basic discoveries in the lab into new therapies that hold the potential to help patients. He is well-known for his research in tumor immunology and cell signaling, and his work has been instrumental in helping distinguish the conflicting roles that the immune system can play in cancer, whether protective when preventing tumor growth or detrimental when unable to recognize and attack cancer cells.
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