Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Receives $5M for Myelodysplastic Syndromes Research

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has received a $5 million gift from the Edward P. Evans Foundation in support of research on myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

What is MDS?

A group of bone marrow disorders that impact the body’s ability to generate sufficient amounts of healthy red blood cells, about 20% of those suffering from MDS will develop acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

The Only Cure to Date

Thus far the only known cure for MDS is a bone marrow transplant from a healthy donor—but fewer than 10% of those afflicted by the disease can undergo a transplant due to advanced age or a specific medical problem reports Philanthropy News Digest.

The Edwards P. Evans Center for Myelodysplastic Syndromes at Dana-Farber

The funds from the Newton-based foundation will now establish The Edwards P. Evans Center for Myelodysplastic Syndromes at Dana-Farber which capitalizes on the fact that the clinical research center has a longstanding track record conducting MDS-related research.

The Edward P. Evans Foundation Comment

“Since 2011, the Edward P. Evans Foundation has contributed more than $66 million to medical research directed at improving outcomes and finding a cure for MDS patients” ...

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