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Barrow Receives $2 Million from Piper Trust to Advance Transformative, Lifesaving Work

December 8, 2018

PHOENIX, Ariz.—Two world-class healthcare and research institutions received a total of $3 million from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in support of their quests to advance scientific and medical discovery—and save lives.

Barrow Neurological Foundation received a $2 million grant to support the new Barrow Neuroplex, a state-of-the-art neurological institute dedicated to enhancing patient treatment, accelerating medical discovery, and saving more lives. Piper Trust’s grant will help fund construction of a five-story centralized space that brings together clinical research, neurology, and neurosurgery to provide lifesaving care for patients, increased research space, and improved collaboration among staff.

The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) received a $1 million grant to support the John S. McCain III Endowed Chair in Brain Cancer Research. TGen has done extensive research into improved treatment for glioblastoma, a rare, aggressive brain cancer that led to the death of U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona. The new endowed chair position allows TGen to turn genetic research breakthroughs into medical advances that will transform brain cancer treatment. The endowed chair will be the highest honor given to a member of the TGen faculty. Having a premier scientist paired with the McCain name will allow TGen to honor the late senator publicly and in perpetuity.

“Piper Trust is privileged to help further the missions of Barrow Neurological Institute and TGen—we are so fortunate that these world-renowned healthcare and medical research organizations reside in Maricopa County, yet benefit the world with their leading medical treatments and care,” said Mary Jane Rynd, president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.