T. Denny Sanford Makes Historic Donation to Sanford Burnham Prebys, Aiming to Attract the Best in Biomedical Research

Sanford Burnham Prebys is proud to announce a major recruitment drive, with up to 20 new faculty positions set to be filled in the fields of cancer, neurodegeneration and computational biology. This expansion is made possible thanks to the generous philanthropic support of T. Denny Sanford. These new roles will advance the institute’s research capabilities and provide exciting opportunities for the scientific community.

Denny Sanford’s commitment to creating a better future is nothing short of inspiring. His generous investment in Sanford Burnham Prebys and the Torrey Pines Mesa will have a lasting impact on biomedical research and human health. We are extremely grateful for his support and are looking forward to seeing the positive changes his investment will bring.

Over the next four years, the Institute is committed to cultivating the next generation of world-class scientists. We are actively seeking out early-career researchers with outstanding potential and providing them with the support and resources necessary to reach their full potential. Together, we are confident that we can carry the legacy of excellence forward into the future.

We are delighted to have received this generous gift, which will be used to recruit some of the brightest and most innovative scientists from top institutions around the world, as well as to invest in our current faculty and research infrastructure. At the Brenner Institute, our goal is to create an environment of excellence and collaboration that will lead to groundbreaking scientific discoveries.

Sanford’s strategic investment will help drive the Institute’s collaborative, goal-oriented scientific research to the next level. By supporting the Institute’s efforts, Sanford is furthering its commitment to advancing cutting-edge science and providing a platform for innovative discoveries.

Biomedical research has undergone a radical transformation in recent years, requiring scientists to collaborate with others from a wide range of backgrounds, technologies, and skill sets. As Professor Stephen Brenner of the University of California, San Francisco, explains, “It’s impossible for young investigators to work on a project in isolation and be successful.” This new era of collaborative research has opened up exciting new possibilities for researchers, allowing them to explore complex topics and make discoveries that could not have been made in the past.

At Sanford Burnham Prebys, collaboration is key. Located in one of the world’s premier research hubs, our institute draws in the brightest, most ambitious minds to our scientific community. With access to cutting-edge research and a team of dedicated experts, our institute is a beacon of innovation and progress. From top-tier researchers to talented young scientists, our institute brings together the best of the best to create something truly special.

In 1976, the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation was founded, but it was renamed in honor of generous contributions from Sanford, Roberta and Malin Burnham, and Conrad Prebys in the years since. In appreciation of their donations, the Foundation has become known as the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.

Sanford, an Honorary Trustee of the Institute, has had a long-standing relationship with the organization. After Brenner’s appointment as president and CEO in September 2022, Sanford was inspired to generously donate a new gift to the Institute. His generous contribution is a testament to his unwavering commitment to the Institute and its mission.

About Sanford Burnham Prebys

For over four decades, Sanford Burnham Prebys has been at the forefront of human biology and disease research, striving to make groundbreaking discoveries that have a profound impact on human health. Our research has yielded significant advances in cancer, neuroscience, immunology, and children’s diseases, and is supported by an NCI-designated Cancer Center and leading-edge drug discovery capabilities. Our commitment to understanding and improving human health has enabled us to make a real difference in the lives of people around the world.

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