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April 20, 2016

Grants Roundup: $250 Million From Sean Parker for Cancer Immunotherapy Research

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The new Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy will allow the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and other medical centers to share scientists and findings.

Here are notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

Parker Foundation

The Parker Foundation, led by Napster co-founder and former Facebook executive Sean Parker, pledged $250 million to six cancer centers for research on immunotherapy, a form of treatment that uses an individual’s own immune system to fight the disease.

The donation will establish the San Francisco-based Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, through which Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Stanford Medicine, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Pennsylvania will share scientists and findings.

Ruth Mott Foundation

$1.3 million to 10 programs serving Flint, Mich. The grant includes $368,000 to Genesee County Habitat for Humanity’s Civic Park Revitalization Initiative and $280,000 to the United Way of Genesee County.

Robertson Foundation

$25 million to expand Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City. The gift was announced at the nonprofit school network’s 10th-anniversary benefit event, which also raised $10 million.

Prudential Foundation

$1 million to the Newark Arts Council. The grant will provide three years of operational support and fund the creation of a cultural plan for the New Jersey city.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

$3.9 million to 40 scientists from 30 institutions in 16 countries for research, technology, and therapy programs related to mental illness. The grants provide $50,000 a year for up to two years to participating scientists.

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