Omar Boraie: the Crusader of Genomic Science


Thanks to the 1.5 million dollar fundraise by Omar Boraie and the donation of 27 million dollars on behalf of an anonymous individual to Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Omar Boraie Chair of Genomic Science has just been established, news which were published by NewsWise last Wednesday.

Boraie’s dream become a reality. The chair, which also belongs to Rutgers University’s 18 campaign challenge, had a resolution thanks to an anonymous donation. Each program also received an amount of 1.5 million dollars thanks to the generosity of the unknown individual.

In contrast to conventional cancer treatments, which tend to use an allopathic approach, genomic science treats cancerous cells and tumors according to their unique genetics. Thus, individualize therapies are used, resulting too in being able to classify currently-known cancers into subcategories. As a consequence, physicians who have been using this method have been able to obtain more accurate predictions when treating and diagnosing their patients.

According to Boraie, the usage of genomic sequencing has been very valuable when treating patients with cancer who have for example developed resistance to treatments, develop rare diseases, or who’s progress have stagnate. Thus, he hopes that his pledge serves to other people throughout the world as a motivation so they can also donate money to the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science. Boraie’s mission is to make this type of treatment available throughout the world to every person with cancer.

Shridar Ganesan, medical oncologist and associate director for translational science at Rutgers Cancer Institute, was named the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science. Ganesan, known worldwide as a top academic and scientific researcher, has been at this institution since 2005. According to Ganesan, thanks to Boreaie’s pledge, Rutgers Cancer Institute will now be able to take a bigger step in terms of clinical research, so another gap within the scientific field will be closed in regards to further comprehending cancer biology.

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