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Smith Family continues solid support for basic research

Richard and Susan Smith, through the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation, have continued decades of generous philanthropy to support basic biomedical research toward advancing our understanding of disease and how to treat and prevent it. The Foundation has granted a $300,000 Excellence in Biomedical Research Award to Joseph Loparo, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School.

Loparo’s work focuses on DNA damage and repair. This award will specifically be directed toward understanding a key player in the process of DNA transcription: an enzyme called translesion polymerase. Mistakes in the process of translating genetic information can lead to major diseases, including cancer.

Through their foundation, the Smith Family continues to enhance the greater Harvard medical community for the benefit of people everywhere.

“My family and I are proud to be associated with the groundbreaking research being done by the talented young recipients of these awards.

Our hope is that, through them, our foundation is making a real impact,” says Richard.

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