||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
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
||Biomedical Research Building
421 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
** Parking will be available adjacent to the Biomedical
Research Building **
||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
- Coordinate a real-time image of the tumor thereby allowing
physicians to target the tumor at the time of treatment
with the proton beam.
- Conduct dedicated research to further understand the
role of this powerful new technology in the treatment of
- 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.