UF receives $10M donation to study brain tumor causes


Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 5:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 5:24 p.m.

The University of Florida has received a $10 million donation intended to improve understanding of the causes of brain tumors and lead to better treatments.

UF officials announced Monday that the Fort Lauderdale-based Lillian S. Wells Foundation made the donation to the university's department of neurosurgery. The gift will establish a fund for brain tumor research and add a research team to UF's brain tumor program, according to officials.

The neurosurgery department, part of the McKnight Brain Institute, plans to recruit an internationally recognized brain tumor scientist to lead the research effort. In recognition of the new donation, UF will request that the board of trustees name the department the Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery.

The department is one of the 10 largest academic neurosurgical services in the U.S., according to UF, performing more than 600 brain tumor procedures each year and caring for 4,500 patients last year.

The Wells Foundation previously donated $5 million in 2006 to establish a Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy. The new gift, combined with matching funds from other UF sources, launches a $20 million initiative on future brain tumor treatments, UF announced.

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