publication date: Jan. 31, 2020

In Brief

New cancer center established at Hopkins

The Johns Hopkins University established a new cancer center, The Mark Foundation Center for Advanced Genomics and Imaging. The center will initially receive $5 million over two years from the Mark Foundation.

Bringing together the tools of astronomy image analysis, pathology, computer science, cancer genomics, and immunogenomics to solve problems in oncology, the center aims to find innovative solutions to expand the number of cancer patients who benefit from immunotherapy.

Scientists from The Mark Foundation will collaborate with JHU researchers as part of a joint steering committee that will review scientific progress at the center.

“It takes a village of diverse disciplines and areas of expertise to confront the vast challenges presented by cancer, and the work of this center is the perfect embodiment of this reality,” Michele Cleary, CEO of The Mark Foundation, said in a statement. “One focus of the center is especially imaginative, as it involves developing a new platform that takes a model used in astronomical nighttime sky analysis and turns it into one that can be used to analyze cancer tumors.”

The Mark Foundation Center for Advanced Genomics and Imaging will be led by Drew Pardoll, director of the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and co-director of the Cancer Immunology Program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, together with Janis Taube, professor of dermatology and pathology and director of the Division of Dermatopathology and co-director of the Tumor Microenvironment Laboratory of the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.


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