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Faculty & Programs: The Talent to Drive Discovery

Goal: $10 million

Institutional growth is about more than space and size.  It is about our most precious resources, the scientists of Wistar. They are the talent behind the discoveries that improve health and medical care around the world.

Our faculty’s achievements are astounding considering Wistar’s relatively small size. In just the past decade, we have pioneered dozens of breakthroughs including:

  • Developing techniques that use monoclonal antibodies to help physicians monitor pancreatic cancer and eradicate remaining malignancy following brain cancer surgery.

  • Determining the structure of telomerase, an enzyme that facilitates the spread of 90 percent of cancers.

  • Uncovering the gene p21’s role in tissue regeneration.

  • Creating a promising HIV vaccine, which is already on the path to clinical trials.

By increasing the number of laboratories from 30 to 40, the Building Wistar, Changing the World Campaign will bring Wistar up to size, matching most peers and helping us attain a critical mass of faculty positions by 2014.  Our carefully planned recruitment will replace retiring researchers and fill new positions. Most important, this approach will diversify the Wistar faculty, augmenting the strengths of our current senior researchers with new and complementary expertise in emerging areas of science that represent today’s frontiers of discovery.