MD Anderson Cancer Center Receives $150 Million From Abu Dhabi Charity

The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Charity Foundation has pledged $150 million to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to establish a cancer treatment clinic, the Emirates News Agency reports.

The largest grant in the center's history will support construction of a state-of-the-art facility to house the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Specialty Institute for Cancer Diagnosis and the Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Pancreatic Cancer Center. The grant also will fund a number of annual fellowships and will be used to endow an oncology chair named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a cancer research chair named after Sheikh Khalifa University, and a scientific and medical research chair named after Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Speaking at a signing ceremony, Anderson Center president John Mendelsohn said that the funding will be channeled into research programs dedicated to discovering new and more effective ways of diagnosing and treating cancer.

"Khalifa Foundation Grants MD Anderson $150 Million for Cancer Research." University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Press Release 01/19/2011. "Khalifa Foundation Grants Texas University $150mn for Cancer Research." Emirates News Agency 01/18/2011.