The Henry E. Haller Jr. Foundation and the Walther Cancer Foundation together will donate a total of $1.5 million to the Purdue Center for Cancer Research and the College of Science in Cancer Biology in West Layfayette, Indiana. A donation of $750,000 from the Henry E. Haller Jr. Foundation was matched by the Walther Cancer Foundation. The endowment will be known as the Boyce Haller Professorship.
The Haller Foundation is dedicated to funding scientific and technologic research through universities and medical facilities. The Walther Cancer Foundation works to support cancer research with the aim of discovering better treatments, if not cures, and to develop a comprehensive approach for supporting patients with cancer and their families.
The Boyce Haller Professorship will support an endowed tenured faculty position within Purdue’s College of Science and will be open to candidates whose scientific work advances an area of strategic interest for both the Purdue Center for Cancer Research and the college.
Timothy Ratliff, MD
“Research today requires the development of new computational approaches and analyses that will reveal new and important cancer-causing pathways,” said Timothy Ratliff, MD, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Pathobiology and the Robert Wallace Miller Director of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research. “The Boyce Haller Professorship provides the resources we need to recruit a strong, scientific leader whose work will lead to a better understanding of cancer and, with time, new treatments.”
For Haller Foundation board member Kevin Boyce and his mother, Linda Boyce Haller, the foundation’s Co-founder and President, an endowed professorship supporting cancer research at Purdue was the perfect way to create a “lasting impact for a wonderful cause.”
“We are grateful that both the Haller Foundation and the Walther Foundation recognize and support our efforts to make leading discoveries in the biology of cancer,” said Patrick J. Wolfe, Purdue’s Miller Family Professor of Statistics and Computer Science and the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of Science.