Aug. 31, 2015:

The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium Foundation is accepting donations to support the collaborative research activities of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (BTCRC).

BTCRC member institutions support the work of 2,600 cancer researchers, provide care for more than 50,000 new cancer patients every year, and enroll 20,000 patient volunteers to participate in cancer clinical trials. Donations to the Foundation support a wide range of activities that help the BTCRC further its mission to transform the conduct of cancer research through collaborative, hypothesis-driven, highly translational oncology trials that leverage the scientific and clinical expertise of Big Ten universities.

Donations may be given online at https://www.bigtencrc.org/donate-now/ or mailed (payable to Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium Foundation, Inc.) to:

Donate-NowBig Ten Cancer Research Consortium Foundation, Inc.
500 N. Meridian Street, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Those who wish to support a specific cancer center’s consortium activities may do so by visiting www.bigtencrc.org/donate-now/support-a-cancer-center. Individual institutions will receive, acknowledge, and manage donations directed to them.

“The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium was established to support the most important collaborative projects developed by cancer researchers based at the Big Ten Cancer Centers,” said George Weiner, MD, director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa and chair of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium Foundation. “Working together on these projects will accelerate our ability to apply research advances to help our patients. Our researchers have many more good ideas than we currently have funding to support. Funds provided through the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium Foundation will allow the consortium to support the most promising collaborative cancer research projects that otherwise could not be done.”

dr-weiner-videoThe Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium Foundation was established in 2014 to support the research activities of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium. The Foundation’s board consists of the cancer center director from each BTCRC member institution. The Foundation’s officers are elected by the board and include George J. Weiner, MD, chairman; Timothy L. Ratliff, PhD, treasurer; and Robert S. DiPaola, secretary. The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

About the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium: The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium creates a unique team-research culture to drive science rapidly from ideas to treatment-changing paradigms. Within this innovative environment, today’s research leaders collaborate with and mentor the research leaders of tomorrow with the unified goal of improving the lives of all patients with cancer.

About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to almost 9,500 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. The Big Ten sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.