UT Southwestern, Children's Partner for New Stem Cell, Cancer Institute

Charitable donation the second largest in Children's history

By Ben Russell
|  Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012  |  Updated 4:20 PM CDT
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A new joint venture between UT Southwestern and Children's has but one lofty goal -- to cure cancer.

Ben Russell, NBC 5 News

A new joint venture between UT Southwestern and Children's has but one lofty goal -- to cure cancer.

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Curing cancer is a lofty goal.

But that is the talk among people involved in a new joint venture between the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center.

Officials with both hospitals are set to announce a $150 million stem cell and cancer research institute, set to open on the UT Southwestern campus.

The money includes a $10 million gift, the second-largest in Children's history, from the Hamon Charitable Foundation.

Dr. Sean Morrison, of UT Southwestern, will lead the Hamon Laboratory for Stem Cell and Cancer Biology.

According to his supervisors, Morrison's laboratory works at the interface of stem cell biology and cancer, studying the mechanisms that regulate the function of adult stem cells and the ways in which those mechanisms are hijacked by cancer cells to generate tumors.
 

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