Telegram explains benefits of UMMS endowed chairs

Dr. Eileen L. Berman and Stanley I. Berman Foundation Chair announced

By Lisa M. Larson

UMass Medical School Communications

July 01, 2013

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette highlights the newly endowed Dr. Eileen L. Berman and Stanley I. Berman Foundation Chair in Biomedical Research in its Sunday, June 30, edition.

Dale Greiner, PhD, professor of molecular medicine and the inaugural recipient, tells Telegram Business Editor Aaron Nicodemus that private donations such as this generous gift from Stanley Berman and his late wife Eileen Berman, EdD, allow researchers far more flexibility in their work.

“When you go to funding agencies, when you apply for grants, there are always strings attached,” Dr. Greiner said. “They don't like to pay for high-risk ideas that are not yet proven. We can use this unrestricted money to test these ideas . . . This kind of freedom is where most innovation and discoveries come from.”

Stanley Berman said he and Eileen wanted to help cancer researchers focus on finding more effective early detection and prevention strategies. Eileen Berman died of appendiceal cancer in April.

“It was our conclusion that there wasn't any research center superior in quality and accomplishment to what we found at the University of Massachusetts Medical School,” Berman told the paper. “And, we wanted to give something back to Worcester, a place where we spent 20 years and was so important in the formative years of our family.”

Read the full story at:
http://www.telegram.com/article/20130630/COLUMN73/306309979/1002/business

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