Celebrating the Establishment of the Pearl Basser Professorship for BRCA-Related Research

Earlier this month leadership, faculty, and staff from across many departments, centers, and divisions at Penn Medicine gathered to celebrate the establishment of the Pearl Basser Professorship for BRCA-Related Research and the appointment of Katherine L. Nathanson, MD, as its inaugural chair holder. The chair has been generously established by Shari and Len Potter, in honor of Shari's mother, Pearl Basser. 
“It is truly an honor to be the inaugural Pearl Basser Professor, and to be a part of this family’s incredible legacy of connecting and uniting people in the fight to end hereditary cancers,” Nathanson said. “Shari and Len’s generosity ensures that Pearl’s legacy will provide hope for generations to come.”

Basser Center Research Round-Up

Family Matters: the link between family history & BRCA mutations
Basser Executive Director Susan Domchek, MD, discusses family history and hereditary cancer risk in this interview with ReachMD.

Germline genetic testing for breast cancer: which patients? What genes?
In this editorial for Nature, Susan Domchek, MD, discusses genetic testing and breast cancer.

Basser Center Genetic Counselor Danielle McKenna, MS, LCGC, writes for the Basser blog about what age you should consider genetic testing for a BRCA mutation.
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February 27, 2020
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