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Friday, December 6, 2013

New York Times article on Universal Screening for BRCA1/2 cites the Basser Research Center’s Jewish Outreach Campaign

Jewish Ashkenazi Outreach Program buttonJewish Ashkenazi Outreach Program buttonJewish Ashkenazi Outreach Program buttonJewish Ashkenazi Outreach Program Jewish Ashkenazi Outreach Program buttonBRCA mutations are much more common in individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, making population screening worth consideration.

New York Times correspondent Roni Caryn Rabin reports on the issues associated with universal screening for BRCA mutations in Israel, noting the Basser Research Center for BRCA’s efforts to raise awareness of BRCA1/2 via a poster campaign in American synagogues.

The Basser Research Center for BRCA at Penn Focuses on BRCA1 and BRCA2

The 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.

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