$10 M gift establishes DNA science centre at uCalgary

December 4, 2014

The University of Calgary has received a $10 M donation from local businessman Dave Robson, which will be used to establish the Robson DNA Science Centre. Robson made the donation in honour of his late wife Val, who died in May of a rare cancer. He hopes that the centre can help reduce cancer rates and help victims of the disease. “If you can find root causes of problems in your life, you can generally fix them … DNA is a root cause of cancer,” Robson said. Susan Lees-Miller, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at uCalgary, said, “we were really thrilled that Mr Robson wanted to invest in basic science … Understanding the fundamentals is important.” She added that the gift will help the Centre recruit new staff and establish student fellowships. Calgary Herald