The Zell Family FoundationSince 2002, the Zell Family Foundation has partnered with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University to make possible the recruitment of many of our most promising researchers. For the first five years of support, the funds provided were divided between faculty recruitment/retention support, called the Zell Scholars Program, and administrative infrastructure support. A renewed commitment in 2007, supporting only the recruitment and retention of faculty, made it possible for the Lurie Cancer Center to support more faculty members each year.
To date, the Zell Family Foundation has directly impacted the recruitment/retention of 28 faculty members, of whom 25 remain and continue to advance knowledge through their research and patient care. Recruited from such prestigious peer institutions as Harvard Medical School, Washington University, and the University of Chicago, the Zell Scholars have led groundbreaking investigations of proteomics, miRNAs, and radiotherapy and helped to create hugely important resources like a tissue bank, and educational programs for Lurie Cancer Center nurses and other caregivers.
In addition to supporting the Lurie Cancer Center, the Zell Family Foundation has created an expendable named scholarship fund at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The Zell Family Foundation Medical Scholarship Fund aids medical students who maintain excellent academic standing for the first four years of their medical training.
In June 2012, the Zell Family Foundation committed to continue this generous support of faculty recruitment and retention at the Lurie Cancer Center. These Zell Scholars will continue to pursue diverse paths toward the noble goal to advance cancer research at Northwestern for the benefit of people around the world.