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Annual Report - 2007-2008 - President's Message

Annual Report - Winter 2009

A Message From the President

If I were to describe the energy and achievements at M. D. Anderson this past year in a single word, that word would be momentum.

Sparked by the commitment of our faculty and staff, momentum permeates our endeavors to transform cancer care through research that will have the greatest impact on saving lives and improving the quality of life for patients everywhere. In this annual report, I hope you will see how this energy brings benefit to science and to people around the globe.

Our momentum in patient care is designed to broaden the cancer care cycle beyond the innovations in therapy that are M. D. Anderson’s hallmark. We already have extended the cancer care continuum with an ambitious cancer prevention program. Last year, our prevention program was further fueled by a major philanthropic gift and new leadership. At the other end of the continuum of care, we have launched a multi-faceted program — involving hundreds of M. D. Anderson people — to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors.

Momentum in research at M. D. Anderson continues to translate the discoveries of our scientists into useful, effective therapies and precise diagnostic and screening tools. Last year, more than 11,000 M. D. Anderson patients took part in clinical trials of potential new therapies, some available nowhere else in the world. We are committed to exploring new approaches to treatment based on the cancer-related genes and proteins unique to each individual. Our scientists and clinicians again have earned the largest investment of National Cancer Institute grant funds, and we have made a significant commitment of funds from M. D. Anderson to support research, as well.

Also new to M. D. Anderson is momentum in outreach to carry our patient care advances and research findings into the community and around the world. Our Center for Global Oncology has partnered with colleagues and institutions in Houston and other states, as well as some of the world’s most important cancer centers and research institutes. We have embraced a global strategy to help others, and we also know we can learn from others. We have significant research teams working to gain a better understanding of the impact of cancer on diverse and often-underserved populations, both in the United States and abroad.

M. D. Anderson’s momentum in education is helping the nation prepare for the future by training health care providers and scientists and serving the general public. We have degree-granting status and accreditation, and now train students in many disciplines at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Our postdoctoral and fellowship training positions are sought by thousands who seek to complete their career preparation at this institution. Our labs also are filled with medical students, high school students and high school teachers, all eager to learn more about cancer. Education extends into the community, and we are making a sizable commitment to becoming an international education and information resource using both traditional and online approaches.

Ours is an ambitious program, and momentum in development helps ensure M. D. Anderson’s ability to continue its mission of Making Cancer History® in patient care, research, education and prevention. We are grateful for the generosity of more than 76,000 donors last year whose support of this institution is essential. In return for the confidence of donors, we are committed to the highest use and most careful stewardship of the funds entrusted to us.

There is far more to say about M. D. Anderson, for we are a world leader in cancer, and our team is tackling one of the world’s great, unsolved health problems with confidence and energy. For now, we hope you find this report provides a glimpse into the successes and challenges that make up the work of our devoted and talented faculty, employees of all types, and volunteers.

John Mendelsohn, M.D.

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