Hillman Foundation donates $30 million to UPMC cancer research program |

Hillman Foundation donates $30 million to UPMC cancer research program

Jamie Martines
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The Henry L. Hillman Foundation will donate $30 million over the next decade towards continued support of the UPMC Hillman Fellows for Innovative Cancer Research Program.

The donation was announced Wednesday by the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.

The Hillman Fellows program was started with a $20 million contribution from the late Henry and Elsie Hillman in 2004 to encourage partnerships with young researchers interested in developing innovative cancer fighting methods.

“The Fellows program has been responsible for funding research at UPMC in stem cell biology, cancer vaccines and cellular therapies over the past 10 years,” said Robert L. Ferris, director of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and a former Hillman fellow. “We are working toward groundbreaking immunotherapy and other discoveries that can cure some cancers and developing more effective treatments for this disease. Without this critical support from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, this life-changing work would simply not be possible.”

The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at [email protected], 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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