The Kosten Foundation Provides $300,000 Grant to University of Tennessee Health Science Center Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Memphis, Tenn., August 17, 2018 – The Kosten Foundation for pancreatic cancer support recently announced a $300,000 grant to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Pancreatic Cancer Research Team in support of continued research efforts toward finding a cure for pancreatic cancer, the third most deadly form of cancer and the disease that claimed the Kosten Foundation’s namesake, Herb Kosten.
The grant has been designated to support doctoral students, purchase new lab equipment, and support continued research efforts through the Dermon II Family and Herb Kosten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
“Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest diseases and there is currently no cure. Our lab is working towards finding a cure and improving the ability for early detection for pancreatic cancer,” said Subhash Chauhan, UTHSC Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. “This generous donation from the Kosten Foundation will help us bring the best and brightest research students to Memphis and provide them state-of-the-art equipment on which to conduct this important research.”
Since the Kosten Foundation was established in 2003, they have raised close to $2,000,000 in the fight against pancreatic cancer and have provided regular donations to the UTHSC pancreatic cancer research team, including a $200,000 grant in 2016 to establish the Dermon II Family and Herb Kosten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. The organization works hand-in-hand with the UTHSC research team to help educate the general public about pancreatic cancer, the medical advances the research team achieves, and support and advocacy opportunities for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
“We are proud to announce this grant for the continued research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for a cure for pancreatic cancer, one of the most lethal forms of cancer,” said Alan Kosten, Chairman of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Charitable Fund. “We are thankful for the work of our partners, the UTHSC pancreatic cancer research team, and their commitment to supporting the Kosten Foundation’s mission of research, advocacy, education, and hope in the fight against this deadly disease.”
The Kosten Foundation holds support group meetings at the Cordova Public Library the second Saturday of every month for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The pancreatic cancer support group is open to anyone who would like to attend.
Representatives from Kosten Foundation present a ceremonial check representing the $300,000 grant to researchers and representatives from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Pictured are (Left to Right): Lori Goldberg, Kosten Foundation; Jeffrey Goldberg, Kosten Foundation; Subhash Chauhan, PhD, UTHSC; Alan Kosten, Kosten Foundation; Kathryn Gilbert Craig, Kosten Foundation; Julie Kosten, Kosten Foundation; Meena Jaggi, PhD.