Founded in 1980, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) now generates more than $35 million each year in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a leading cancer treatment center in Boston. The majority of funds raised by PMC go to Dana-Farber as unrestricted gifts that fund some of the institute’s most important treatment and research efforts.
One of the major research projects at Dana-Farber, Profile, looks at gene mutations possibly linked to cancer. At present, Profile looks for about 500 different possible mutations in 41 genes. The Profile project strives to develop therapies that target genetic causes of cancer. In addition to Profile, PMC funding supports the Longwood Research Center, which will help 30 independent investigators undertake their own research while initiating collaborative efforts when the facility opens in late 2014. Dana-Farber has used the center to attract the most promising researchers to Boston as part of its staff.
To fuel new discoveries, Dana-Farber utilizes a significant amount of PMC funding to attract future oncology leaders and provide them with a high level of training. The institute is an affiliate of Harvard and teams young doctors with senior faculty able to guide their research. To that end, PMC funding also provides early stage support for researchers with especially innovative ideas. In addition, Dana-Farber must often grant bridge funding between grants so that researchers can continue their work.
Outside of research, Dana-Farber remains committed to improving community health. Recently, the institute used PMC funding to complete a health needs assessment for underserved parts of the greater Boston area. Another initiative will supplement the Mammography Van, which already screens more than 4,000 women annually, to raise awareness of breast cancer in surrounding neighborhoods.
Cancer affects individuals around the world, but only the wealthy countries offer real treatment options for the disease. In low-income countries, 90 percent of children with leukemia will die due to the disease. In the industrialized world, 90 percent will live. Paul Farmer, the co-founder of Partners In Health, addressed this issue at a recent symposium held at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. While the symposium dealt specifically with global oncology, Farmer situated the cancer issue within a larger struggle for healthcare equality in his closing talk. Farmer looked at the dropping costs of treatment modalities and vaccines due to government investments and called for societal intervention.
At the symposium, Rifat Atun, a Harvard professor, echoed Farmer’s call to action by demonstrating the efficacy of worldwide healthcare initiatives in the case of HIV. Formerly a deadly disease, HIV has become a manageable condition for individuals around the world due to a concerted effort that has caused significant drops in infection rates. A similar push for cancer could see similar results.
Other professionals have raised concerns about a global oncology initiative because cancer simply looks different in other countries. Due to the prevalence of HIV in parts of Africa, doctors have encountered alarming rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, and other cancers that are relatively rare in richer nations. While no one knows why HIV contributed to a rise in these types of cancers, a clear link exists. This link makes treating cancer in Africa much different than treating it in other locations.
The deputy director of the National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health calls for a different strategy to deal with cancer. Rather than importing newest technologies and medications, he asks for richer countries to fund partnerships with poorer countries to target efforts towards the exact needs of a specific region.
Attorney Timothy Broas serves as a partner in the litigation department at Winston & Strawn LLP. Working out of the firm’s office in Washington, D.C., Tim Broas focuses on a variety of areas, including securities litigation, congressional investigations, white-collar criminal defense, intellectual property, and corporate internal investigations.
Tim Broas has been named among the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2010. The latest edition of the list will be no exception, as Broas was recently recognized as one of 89 lawyers at Winston & Strawn to achieve the honor for 2014.
Four of his fellow attorneys earned Lawyer of the Year accolades, and Winston & Strawn itself was listed among the top firms in seven categories of law. Among these categories were San Francisco, California, Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television; Illinois Advertising Law; and Houston, Texas, Copyright Law. When creating its 2014 list, Best Lawyers in America relied upon 4 million lawyers to provide detailed feedback on their peers.
Tim Broas is a highly regarded litigation attorney and partner with Winston & Strawn LLP’s Washington, D.C., office. Before embarking on his career, Timothy Broas completed a bachelor’s degree in economics at Boston College. During his time as an undergraduate, Tim Broas served as the captain of the Boston College rugby team. Here is a quick look at one of the most common rugby terms: the scrum.
Perhaps the best-known rugby term to those unfamiliar with the game, the scrum is a way of restarting play after a minor infraction by either team. Eight players from each team bind themselves to one another and attempt to win control of the ball, which is placed between them by a ninth player from one of the two teams. Players must bind together in a specific way to maximize power and reduce the risk of injury. As such, each position in the “pack” typically requires a specific body type and skill set. Because scrums occur so often over the course of a single match, having a strong and disciplined forward pack allows a team to increase its time of possession of the ball and exert control over a match.
An experienced attorney, Tim Broas serves as a partner in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn LLP. Timothy Broas also supports the efforts of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Assisted by the contributions of Tim Broas and others, the Wilson Center remains dedicated to fostering an open dialogue on some of the most important global issues of the day. Through its Kennan Institute, named after former Ambassador George F. Kennan, the Wilson Center seeks to improve American understanding of Russia, the Ukraine, and surrounding states.
To accomplish its mission, the Kennan Institute provides a number of residential scholarships for students in social sciences and the humanities and for members of the media, government, and private entities. It also hosts lectures and conferences that draw prominent international scholars in the United States and Russia and publishes its activities in reports, books, and papers. In recent years, the institute has focused on topics such as Central Asia, culture and civic expression, the rule of law, and the challenges posed by migration and urbanization.