New Chair, Fellowship Endowed for Breast Cancer Research Michael E. Johns, dean of the School of Medicine, was named as the Hopkins Oncology Center's first recipient of the newly endowed Breast Cancer Research Chair. There are two aspects of the $2.1 million endowment. The first ensures that a senior faculty member will be able to focus his or her attention on breast cancer research. The second will provide funds for a fellowship to attract to Hopkins gifted young scientists to study the disease. It is the first time in the United States a chair and fellowship have been dedicated solely to breast cancer research. The Oncology Center has received international acclaim for its clinical advances against breast cancer. Martin D. Abeloff, Oncology Center director, expects the endowment funds to be used specifically for research into the genetic and cellular causes of the disease, which could lead to methods of preventing or curing it. Researchers predict that the disease will touch about 184,000 women next year. "Today we have the chance to reflect upon our accomplishments, celebrate a new beginning and start to dream together about what our efforts will enable," said Harriet C. Legum, chairwoman of the campaign and herself a breast cancer survivor. Legum led a 25-member committee who solicited funds from families, friends and former Hopkins patients. Her committee also raised money by sponsoring luncheons, teas and golf and tennis tournaments, and through the sale of more than 1,000 breast cancer awareness pins. Dean Johns commended the committee and the staff of volunteers for their accomplishments. "You may be sure that for many years to come, this chair will be a powerful force in the field about which we all care so much," he said.
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