UPDATE: Invitation to Cover:
Beacons of Light Mark New Era in Cancer Therapy
Naming Ceremony at PENN Medicine for the World’s Largest
Proton Therapy Center
||Six powerful pillars of light will outline the 75,000 square feet
of space where the world’s first fully integrated proton therapy
center will be built at PENN Medicine.
Visible to residents across Philadelphia, as well as the guests
and honorees at a special naming ceremony from a VIP reception on
the top floor of the Biomedical Research Building, the beams of
light symbolize the bright future of cancer therapy in which a stream
of protons are accelerated to near light speed, bent by powerful
magnets and focused with incredible precision at tumors lodged deep
within the human body.
At this event, it will be announced that University of Pennsylvania
alumni Ralph J. Roberts and his son Brian
L. Roberts have generously pledged $15 million to help
create this first-of-its-kind facility, the Roberts Proton Therapy
There will also be a special video presentation by Pennsylvania
Governor Edward Rendell.
||Wednesday, December 6, 2006
|5:30 – 7:00 PM
||Naming Ceremony of Proton Therapy Center
||Biomedical Research Building
421 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
** Parking will be available adjacent to the Biomedical Research
||To acknowledge the role private philanthropy is making to advance
the next evolution of cancer therapy by helping establish a proton
therapy center that will:
- Fully integrate conventional radiation with proton beam therapy.
- Coordinate a real-time image of the tumor thereby allowing
physicians to target the tumor at the time of treatment with the
- Conduct dedicated research to further understand the role of
this powerful new technology in the treatment of cancer.
- Further establish Philadelphia and PENN Medicine as a world-class
location in cancer care.
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated
to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and
high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first
medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News &
World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools.
Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine
is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the
next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals,
all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first
hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan;
a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities;
and home care and hospice.