Area Foundations Support Jefferson Research Projects
The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust
Dr. Rodeck will receive $157,000 from the Trust to study whether and how transforming growth factor b (TGFb) may have a role in suppressing or supporting the malignant expression of human melanoma. This work may lead to a determination of whether TGFb could be a target of tumor therapy in the future.
Dr. Sykulev will receive $59,000 from the Trust to support his research on the role of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) in providing immunity to HIV. This research may provide important information that could aid in the development of a safe and effective vaccine against HIV.
The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust and the Mary L. Smith Charitable Lead Trust have awarded Jefferson more than $3 million for basic and clinical research in heart disease, AIDS and cancer. In addition, The W. W. Smith Charitable Trust awarded Jefferson Medical College a special onetime grant of $1.5 million to endow The William Wikoff Smith Chair in Cardiac Research.
The Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation
Mrs. Landenberger, whose family has received treatment at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, established her foundation in 1993. Since then, it has provided Thomas Jefferson University with more than $215,000 to support medical research pertaining to HIV-1, cancer, diabetes and vascular disease.