MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors member Andrew Sabin met with eight young researchers in June to personally congratulate them on their appointment to the Andrew Sabin Family Fellowship Program.
Thanks to a $30 million endowment made possible by the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, each of the 2018 fellows will receive $100,000 in funding over two years. Since the program’s 2016 debut, 24 researchers have received fellowships aimed at encouraging innovative and impactful cancer research.
“These brilliant minds represent the future and embody our dream of a world free of this terrible disease,” says Sabin, of East Hampton, New York. “My family and I are honored to play a role in advancing MD Anderson’s mission to end cancer.”
“By generously funding up to eight fellowships each year, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation nurtures some of the best and brightest young researchers in our collective fight against cancer,” says Peter WT Pisters, M.D., president of MD Anderson. “We’re grateful for this ongoing support and the foundation’s role in advancing potentially lifesaving and practice-changing research.”
A member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors since 2005, Sabin advocates on a national level for increased cancer research funding. An avid environmentalist, conservationist and wildlife enthusiast, he is president of Sabin Metal Corporation, the largest privately owned precious metals refiner and recycler in the nation.
The 2018 awardees and their areas of interest are:
Jianjun Gao, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Genitourinary Medical Oncology: study of combination therapy with immune checkpoint blockade and chemotherapy for MTAP-deficient metastatic bladder cancer
Florian Muller, Ph.D., assistant professor, Cancer Systems Imaging: validating the hypothesis that activating T cells helps destroy certain brain tumors treated with inhibitors of the glycolytic enzyme enolase