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The Cullen Trust for Health Care Awards $1 Million to M. D. Anderson Gift to Establish The Cullen Trust for Health Care Professorship in Nutrition

The Cullen Trust for Health Care Awards $1 Million to M. D. Anderson Gift to Establish The Cullen Trust for Health Care Professorship in Nutrition
M. D. Anderson News Release 09/11/00

To better understand how diet can affect a person's ability to prevent cancer, The Cullen Trust for Health Care has awarded $1 million to the Nutritional Research Program at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The award will establish an endowed professorship to be known as The Cullen Trust for Health Care Professorship in Nutrition. The gift also will create translational laboratory research programs, purchase equipment and support a variety of ongoing nutritional research projects.

Experts believe that as many as one-third of all cancers could be related to dietary habits, such as a tendency to eat foods relatively high in fat with insufficient quantities of fruits and vegetables that contain important minerals and micro-nutrients.

"The generosity of The Cullen Trust for Health Care will enable us to better understand the relationship between cancer and diet with the gift's impact to be felt all levels - laboratory science, epidemiological, clinical research and patient care," says Dr. Bernard Levin, vice president for cancer prevention.

"Clearly, nutrition plays a major role in cancer, and we believe it is important to develop a scientific basis for this relationship and learn where nutrition fits best in both the realm of prevention and treatment."

According to Beth Morian, chairwoman of the Board of The Cullen Trust for Health Care, it was the potential impact of such research that impressed the foundation. "We felt that the connection between diet and cancer had yet to be sufficiently investigated," she says. "Further research in this area ultimately could impact the day-to-day lives of both cancer patients and those interested in preventing the disease."

With this most recent gift, The Cullen Trust for Health Care has donated nearly $2.3 million to various M. D. Anderson programs since the foundation's inception in 1980. Previously, the organization contributed to the institution's Fulfill the Promise capital campaign as well as research efforts in multiple myeloma.

09/11/00


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