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Red and Charline McCombs Institute for the Early Detection and Treatment of Cancer

Goal: $25 million

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F. O’Neil Griffin, with wife Gena in front of the conference and education center bearing his name at the McCombs Institute, committed $3 million to the South Campus Research Initiative in August 2007.

The McCombs Institute focuses on translating basic science discoveries about genes and molecular pathways into new diagnosis and treatment strategies targeting these key genes and pathways. The institute was named for Red and Charline McCombs in recognition of their generous gift of $30 million to launch the $135 million philanthropic program that created it.

New funding for the McCombs Institute will support activities at the Cancer Metastasis Research Center; the Center for Cancer Immunology Research; the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Center for Molecular Markers; the Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging Research; the Center for Targeted Therapy; and the recently established Center for RNA Interference and Non-Coding RNAs, which focuses on a new field of study that is one of the most active research areas in molecular oncology today.

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