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Dr. David Tuveson serves jointly as director of the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which opened in November 2012, and research director for The Lustgarten Foundation. His chief mission is to find a cure for the deadly disease. (May 2013)(Credit: Ben Asen)

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Fighting cancer a personal issue

Since its inception in 1998, The Lustgarten Foundation -- a nonprofit that is the country's largest private foundation dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research -- has devoted more than $65 million to more than 175 research projects at more than 50 medical and research centers worldwide.