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USC's Keck School receives $24-million pledge for cancer research

July 13, 2010 |  3:44 pm

USC’s Keck School of Medicine has received a pledge for a $24-million donation from media mogul Sumner M. Redstone to support cancer research and treatment by a USC doctor who Redstone said saved his own life, the school announced Wednesday.

The gift, which will be paid out over the next three years, will aid research by USC oncologist David Agus, who treated Redstone for prostate cancer. "He quite literally saved my life, as he has done for many others," Redstone, 87, said in a statement. He is the executive chairman of both CBS and Viacom Inc.

Agus’ research focuses on the on- and off-switches of cancer, as well as the factors involved in cancer’s origins and responses to treatment, including new drugs, the university said.

-- Larry Gordon