A team led by researchers at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School has developed a new method to identify thousands of DNA mutations accurately and efficiently in a patient's blood sample with minimal sequencing. The approach, called MAESTRO, could one day enable the detection of residual cancer in patients who have undergone treatment, alerting doctors to disease recurrence earlier and more cheaply than current techniques allow. MAESTRO works to identify Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) markers in the blood using less sequencing than more conventional approaches, enabling researchers to detect cancer mutations more quickly, efficiently and at a low cost. “This project has been a great reminder that new methods can make DNA sequencing even more powerful,” added Golub. “It will be exciting to see how MAESTRO can impact basic discovery and, in the future, clinical care.”Read more at broadinstitute.org
GerstnerPhilanthropies announced today that it has awarded $4.9 million in Helping Hands funds to our grantee organizations. The Gerstner Helping Hands program provides financial resources to assist individuals facing a one-time, urgent need. These emergency cash grants are distributed by our partners, who combine Helping Hands funds with holistic wrap-around services to help clients avoid homelessness and instability. Helping Hands reaches over 4,000 families each year, providing assistance with rent, utilities, medical expenses, and food.Read more about our 2022 Grantees
2021 was a landmark year for Gerstner Philanthropies. Grants totaled over $48 million, almost doubling the previous year and the most in its history. Gerstner Philanthropies launched two new program areas within Helping Hands and created a new grant program to support climate change mitigation. Grantees continue to respond to the impacts of COVID-19, and we are proud of the impacts they made. For more on our engagement and impact in 2021, please see the full Year in Numbers Report.Year in Numbers 2021
Our Helping Hands grantees continue to feel the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Throughout the year, we communicate with our partners informally and formally. They report data on program statistics that we compile to highlight larger trends. Based on third quarter reports, need for rental arrearages assistance remains high, with many clients facing a looming eviction crisis. Federal funding for rental assistance helped many, we join in the call for additional rental assistance funding to help families regain their stability.
For the second annual year, two of Gerstner Philanthropies’ long-standing grantees helped provide meals to families in need this Thanksgiving. Treasure Coast Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast and the only Food Bank serving Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties, distributed holiday meal boxes and turkeys to 500 families. Nearly 500 turkeys were packaged with other meal stables and distributed to around 2,000 children and adults thanks to a grant from Gerstner Philanthropies. In Massachussetts, FamilyAid Boston, the leading provider of solutions to family homelessness in the Greater Boston area, provided 1,100 children and parents a Thanksgiving dinner, funded through a grant from Gerstner Philanthropies. More than 70 staff and volunteers fanned out across the city to deliver nearly two tons of cooked Thanksgiving meals. They were joined by State Representative Rob Consalvo, many board members, and players and staff from the Boston Bruins hockey team. Gerstner Philanthropies is proud and happy to support families in need through meaningful programs such as these.Learn more about Treasure Coast Food Bank