BRCA mutations are more common in individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, and carriers have increased risks for a variety of cancers, mainly breast and ovarian.
The Basser Research Center for BRCA at Penn Focuses on BRCA1 and BRCA2The Basser Research Center for BRCA supports research on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, harmful forms of which are linked to greatly increased risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer. The Center is named in honor of Mindy Gray’s sister, Faith Basser, who died of ovarian cancer at age 44.
The Basser Research Center for BRCA was established with a $25 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania from alumni Mindy and Jon Gray.
Emphasizing outreach, prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship, the Basser Research Center for BRCA will contribute to all stages of research and clinical care relevant to BRCA-related cancers.