Breast cancer research organization Susan G. Komen announced Monday it will grant nearly $450,000 in research funding to the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla.
The nonprofit announced the grant as part of a $26 million investment package to fund new breast cancer research. Including the $449,977 granted to Sanford Burnham Prebys, Komen is committing a total of roughly $1.25 million to researchers in California, including at UC San Francisco and Stanford University.
Two San Diego researchers at UC San Diego and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies also have ongoing grants from previous years.
“More than 41,000 women and men will lose their lives to breast cancer this year alone,” said Komen President and CEO Paula Schneider. “We all have a personal reason or passion that we support the fight against breast cancer, and we’re proud to invite people to support the work that means the most to them. It will take all of us working together to save lives and ultimately end this disease.”
The grant package will fund 62 new research projects focusing on drug resistance, metastasis, triple negative breast cancer, new treatments and health disparities. Komen has invested a total of $988 million into breast cancer research since its founding in 1982, which is the largest investment by a nonprofit outside of the federal government, according to Komen officials. Komen San Diego has contributed nearly $6 million to cancer research since 1996.
“We are so thankful for the friends, family and neighbors that fight alongside us, helping to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in California, both on the ground and through research,” said Komen San Diego President and CEO Shaina Gross.
— City News Service
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