publication date: Mar. 30, 2018

Conversation with the Cancer Letter

University of Michigan gets $150 million to recruit cancer researchers, fund research

Eric Fearon

Eric Fearon

Director, Rogel Cancer Center


Richard and Susan Rogel gave $150 million to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, which will now be known as the Rogel Cancer Center.

No new buildings will go up. Instead, the gift will pay for recruiting cancer researchers and funding cutting-edge research.

“The gift is really about people and programs, it’s not a bricks-and-mortar gift,” said Eric Fearon, the Emanuel N. Maisel Professor of Oncology and director of the newly renamed Rogel Cancer Center. “There’s no new building associated with it, but it’s a gift that will sustain and empower the center to have a lasting impact in the cancer research field—impact now and going forward, independent of any specific cancer type or particular approach to cancer.”

Richard and Susan Rogel


The gift’s six components are:

Pioneering cancer research and technology: Provide competitive grants to collaborative research teams developing new approaches and technologies to advance early cancer detection, monitoring and treatment.

Collaborative networks: Establish a signature program that brings international luminaries in the cancer field to U-M for six to 12 months. They will develop new projects that will continue after they leave, … Continue reading University of Michigan gets $150 million to recruit cancer researchers, fund research

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