Brown University has announced a $50 million gift from chancellor and alumnus ('78) Samuel M. Mencoff and his wife, Ann S. Mencoff, in support of biomedical research at its Warren Alpert Medical School.
A portion of the gift will be used to establish endowed chairs and provide funding for outstanding researchers at the Brown Institute of Translational Science, part of the Alpert School. The remaining $25 million will support medical education and research. The Mencoffs' gift complements a recent anonymous gift of $6 million to establish a pair of endowed chairs in the medical school with the aim of attracting and retaining top researchers working on Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
"Over recent years, major investments in research in areas like immunology, cell biology, and genetics have provided impressive insights into the basic biology of fundamental processes such as injury, repair, and neoplasia (abnormal cancerous tissue growth)," said Jack A. Elias, dean of medicine and biological sciences. "Now we need translational investigations to move from these exciting bodies of new knowledge to understanding the mechanisms that underlie human disease."
"The groundbreaking research of Brown faculty in the lab can see clinical applications at the bedside of patients in hospitals affiliated with Brown, and then lead to commercial applications," said Brown president Christina Paxson. "The partnership between academic medicine and local healthcare providers is one of the essential ingredients for sustaining quality health care and propelling economic progress in Rhode Island."