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Date: December 22, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON — The National Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce a substantial gift from the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation to endow a fund supporting studies and projects in biomedical science and its application to human health.
"Advances in biomedical science are leading to innovative approaches in understanding, diagnosing, and treating disease," said Raymond Sackler. "We are excited about the possibilities and pleased to provide the National Academy of Sciences with an opportunity to help guide this critical area of research."
With the gift, NAS will establish the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Science Fund to support activities in basic biology and biomedical science—including the convergence of biology, physics, mathematics, and engineering sciences—to help address human health problems.
"This generous endowment from Raymond and Beverly Sackler will help the NAS make important future contributions to a field of science that holds great potential," said NAS President Ralph J. Cicerone. The endowment was given in Cicerone's honor.
Raymond Sackler, M.D., is a founder and board member of Purdue Pharma L.P., Stamford, Conn., and of NAPP Pharmaceutical Group Limited in the United Kingdom. Individually and through their foundations, Dr. Sackler and his wife Beverly have sponsored scientific and biomedical research at a number of major U.S. academic centers, including: Boston University; CalTech; Columbia University; Dana Farber Research Institute; Duke University; Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton); Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; New York University; Rockefeller University; Tufts University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Connecticut; University of Toledo College of Medicine; University of Washington, Seattle; Weill Cornell Medical School; Yale University; and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. International academic centers include Cambridge University (UK), Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (France), Tel Aviv University (Israel); University of Leiden (Netherlands); and the University of Toronto (Canada).
The National Academy of Sciences was chartered by an act of Congress signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report on any subject of science or art" when called on by the federal government. Later, to keep pace with the growing importance of science, technology, and medicine in the U.S., the National Research Council (1916), National Academy of Engineering (1964), and Institute of Medicine (1970) were created. NAS members and foreign associates—numbering more than 2,500—are elected by their peers. More than 200 have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
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