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M. D. Anderson Receives More Than $1.8 Million From New Endowment

M. D. Anderson Receives More Than $1.8 Million From New Endowment
M. D. Anderson News Release 06/07/00

A newly-established endowment has provided more than $1.8 million in funding for The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The Frank T. McGraw Memorial Endowment for Cancer Research awarded the funding, which provides each of three M. D. Anderson faculty members with an endowed chair and more than $610,000 to further their research.

Anne Wilhelmina McGraw Midgley bequeathed funding for these endowed positions in memory of her father, Mr. McGraw. Although she never had cancer, Mrs. Midgley, who died in 1996, lost a number of family members to the disease.

The faculty receiving the endowed chairs are:

Dr. Ellen R. Gritz, chair of the Department of Behavioral Science, who has received the Frank T. McGraw Memorial Chair in the Study of Cancer.

Dr. Donald A. Berry, chairman of the Department of Biostatistics, who holds received the Frank T. McGraw Memorial Chair in Cancer Research.

Dr. Eduardo D. Bruera, chairman of the Department of Symptom Control and Palliative Care, who has received the Frank T. McGraw Memorial Chair in the Treatment of Cancer.

The funding will allow Dr. Gritz to continue her research in cancer prevention and control and quality-of-life investigations for several types of cancer, including lung, head and neck, testis and prostate. This research includes several studies of tobacco use in youth, symptom management and feeling of well-being in prostate cancer patients, neurocognitive function and quality of life in testicular cancer patients, psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling and testing for colorectal cancer patients and family, and intervention involving sun protection for preschool children.

Dr. Berry's endowed chair will further his work in supervising design and data analysis for the hundreds of clinical trials conducted at M. D. Anderson each year. This funding also will allow him to further his efforts in developing clinical trial design for M. D. Anderson research projects. His research focuses on treating patients enrolled in the trials more effectively, as well as minimizing the number of patients required for studies.

The endowment also will support Dr. Bruera's specialization in the inpatient Symptom Control and Palliative Care Center, which offers a comfortable, home-like environment for patients with late-stage cancer who are approaching the end of life. The center provides supportive care that helps patients attain a maximum level of physical and mental functioning through a multidisciplinary approach, including physician, nurse, chaplain, social worker, physical therapist and more. Palliative care offers an opportunity to make the often difficult decisions regarding end-of-life issues.

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