The has announced a $17.5 million gift from Madeline and Sidney Forbes in support of cancer research.
With the aim of encouraging scientists to undertake high-risk, high-reward initiatives, the largest gift for cancer research in the university's history will establish the Forbes Institute for Cancer Discovery within the . Among other things, funds provided through the gift will be used to translate cutting-edge science into innovative technologies and new therapies; provide team research awards for cross-disciplinary efforts aimed at developing better treatments; create Senior Forbes Scholars and Emerging Forbes Scholars programs in cancer discovery; and establish the Madeline and Sidney Forbes Professorship in Oncology, whose inaugural holder is Max S. Wicha, founding director emeritus of the center.
"The biggest advances in cancer will come at the intersection of disciplines," said Wicha. "It's not medicine alone, but medicine working with engineering, pharmacy and other schools to create true innovation."
"Defeating cancer will take victors to move the process along and continue the fight toward conquering this dreadful disease," said Sidney Forbes, who founded the Forbes Company and serves on the Health System Advisory Group and, with his wife, on the Victors for Michigan Campaign Steering Committee. "Maddie and I wanted to support a cause that not only we and our children can contribute to, but that our grandchildren can perpetuate and carry on into the future."