Advanta Contributes $100,000 to Jefferson
Advanta Foundation, based in Horsham, PA, has given Thomas Jefferson
University a generous donation of $100,000. The gift will be shared equally
between the department of urology and a new program in the emerging field
of mind-body medicine.
In honor of the work of Jefferson urologist Kenneth Brownstein, MD, Advanta
is committing $50,000 to the department of urology, a sum which Chairman
S. Grant Mulholland, MD, has earmarked for two separate projects. David
Rivas, MD, will conduct research into the basic composition of cells of
the bladder muscle and their relation to nerve transmission and impulse
reception. Stephen Strup, MD, will focus his efforts on the genetic expressions
of normal and malignant prostate cancer cells.
The second half of Advanta's gift will support the creation of a new program
in mindfulness meditation, a mind-body technique helpful in treating stress,
anxiety, depression and pain. Jefferson faculty Steven Rosenzweig, MD, Emergency
Medicine; George Brainard, PhD Neurology; and Diane Reibel, PhD, Physiology,
will develop a series of courses for Jefferson Health System patients. The
mindfulness program is a component of the future Jefferson Center for Integrative
Medicine which will bring together conventional medicine and promising alternative
therapies through research, patient care and education.
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