The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has announced a $5 million gift from the Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research in support of research on glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive form of brain cancer.
Established by James Broach in 2011 after he was diagnosed with the disease, the foundation works to help find a cure for glioblastoma, which has a low survival rate. In recognition of the gift, a patient area in the Brain and Spine Center will be named after Broach, who died last year at the age of 38; another patient area in the Brain and Spine Center will be named after the foundation.
In 2012, the foundation awarded its first grant to MD Anderson to support research led by Broach's physician, Frederick Lang, a professor and director of clinical research in neurosurgery, whose research focuses on the oncolytic adenovirus Delta-24-RGD, a type of cold virus designed to kill tumor cells developed by Lang's colleague, Juan Fueyo.
"Philanthropy drives innovative research, which in turn drives the whole process of discovering new treatments and delivering them to the patient," said Lang. "Thanks to the Broach Foundation's generous support, we have promising clinical trials under way that mean hope for patients and their friends and loved ones coping with the effects of this deadly disease."