Rutgers University is one of the oldest learning institutions on the East Coast. Rutgers has been educating people for more than 200 hundred years. When the city of New Brunswick was going through a metamorphosis in the 1960s, Rutgers University maintained a sense of well-being in the city. Today, the university has one of the best medical schools in the country.
When downtown New Brunswick started to deteriorate in the 1960s, Omar Boraie, the Egyptian chemist, and New Brunswick resident decided to do something about it. Boraie purchased 21 dilapidated downtown properties, in the 1970s, and with a green light from city officials, Boraie started a major inner-city redevelopment project. Boraie is responsible for building the first high-rise office building on Albany Street. His company developed several other high-rise buildings since the Albany Street Plaza One building was finished in 1983.
But Omar Boraie has always been interested in medical advancements, and that is one of the reasons he decided to follow the groundbreaking work that the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Brunswick is doing. According to an article published by Newswise.com, the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science was established recently. An endowment chair is considered the pinnacle of academic discipline. Endowment chairs help support research developments, and Omar pledged $1.5 million to support the chair.
The Omar Boraie Chair is just one chair in the Rutgers University ‘18 Chair Challenge. An anonymous donor is matching the $1.5 million donations for all 18 chairs. That means each chair is supported with a $3 million donation. See, http://patch.com/new-jersey/newbrunswick/omar-boraie-chair-genomic-science-established-rutgers-cancer-institute.
Genomic science is changing the way the medical profession approaches cancer treatments. Cancer tumors are analyzed at the genetic level, and that gives oncologists a better understanding of how different types of cancer react in the body. Cancer is not just one disease. Cancer is a group of diseases, and these diseases impact the molecular structure of individuals differently. Genomic science and precision medicine are changing the way doctors treat cancer patients. Rutgers is one of the first medical institutions in the United States to apply genetic sequencing to patient care. Omar Boraie wanted to be part of the groundbreaking research. He has the resources to be part of the quest to understand cancer in all its forms and has the time to focus on the work.
Omar Boraie has been instrumental in the development of New Brunswick as a healthcare center and his support of the Rutgers Cancer Institute shows his endless dedication to the city and the people.