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IDP Foundation, Inc.

The IDP Foundation's support of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University is allowing Dr. Steven Rosen to support investigators and their pioneering research efforts. Known as IDP Foundation Research Scientists, Drs. David Bentrem, Surrendra Basti, and Pedram Gerami are representative of more than 250 physician-scientists who are members of the Lurie Cancer Center and are dedicated to both advancing medical knowledge and providing compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care.

Irene Pritzker, President of the IDP Foundation, Inc., serves as an advocate, volunteer, and generous donor for the Lurie Cancer Center and the Feinberg School of Medicine. She regularly hosts events in her home, fosters connections with individuals who can also support the Lurie Cancer Center, and is helping to promote research efforts through support from the IDP Foundation, Inc.

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"My GI (gastrointestinal) oncology projects examine the role of the tumor microenvironment in pancreas and colon cancer. With the support of the IDP Foundation, Inc. I am investigating the role of inflammation and the cross talk between inflammatory cells (mast cells and regulatory T cells) and cancer cells."

- David Bentrem, MD, MS, Department of Surgery

"The IDP Foundation, Inc. has given me the support and opportunity to further develop novel molecular techniques for diagnosis of complex melanocytic neoplasms and melanoma so that patients can get the most accurate and appropriate diagnosis and treatment."

- Pedram Gerami, MD, Department of Dermatology

"The IDP Foundation, Inc. is helping me study what measures can help prevent or control eye problems in patients receiving chemotherapeutic agents or stem cell transplants for their cancers."

- Surendra Basti, MD, Department of Ophthalmology