A British Jewish family has given £5 million to Imperial College London to fund a world-leading cancer research centre in the capital.
David and Elie Dangoor, both alumni of the prestigious university, made the announcement through the family’s Exilarch’s Foundation, with dons praising the “remarkable gift” expected to have “a far-reaching impact”.
In February, David and Judy Dangoor helped the British Embassy in Tel Aviv launch a UK-Israel health initiative aimed at introducing Israeli innovation in health technology to Britain’s National Health Service.
The family’s latest donation will fund “a pioneering hub for collaborative multi-disciplinary cancer research, support The Invention Rooms at the College’s White City Campus, and transform the heart of the South Kensington Campus”.
David Dangoor, the businessman son of Sir Naim Dangoor, this week said the money continues his family foundation’s track record in funding medical interdisciplinary research working on solutions for diseases like cancer.
“We are a robust supporter of creating space for education and discovery,” he said. “Our long-standing family connection to ICL and our commitment to finding answers to many of the challenges facing humanity makes this a natural fit.”
Dangoor continued. “We trust that this gift will assist the university remain at the forefront of many of the breakthroughs in medical research, creativity, invention and innovation with which it has become synonymous.”
The family has supported ICL in the past, in particular its Reach Out programme, which provides educational opportunities to schoolchildren from a range of different backgrounds.
The latest money will fund the cancer research hub, allowing ICL’s clinicians and academics to share ideas on the diseases prevention, diagnosis and treatment with each other and peers from other universities.
University President Professor Alice Gast said: “We are profoundly grateful to the Dangoor family and the Exilarch’s Foundation for their generous support.
“This remarkable gift will have a far-reaching impact on the life and work of the Imperial community… It will benefit many and the effects of this support will be enduring and felt for decades to come.”
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