Comprehensive Cancer Centers Drives Donations to Support UNLV’s Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) got directly involved with the University of Nevada Las Vegas #RebelsGive 2021 fundraising initiative on March 2-3. Comprehensive donated $2,500 to help support the work of Dr. Ernesto Abel-Santos in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

The donation will directly go to Dr. Abel-Santos’ research to develop anti-germinants to prevent Cdiff infections. Cdiff is a multidrug resistant bacteria that is the leading cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, a major nosocomial complication. Healthy gut microbes normally protect humans from Cdiff, but the use of antibiotics compromise this function. Due to widespread antibiotic use, Cdiff infects over a quarter-million Americans each year, resulting in thousands of early deaths.

“Supporting UNLV healthcare students and its faculty is incredibly important for us at Comprehensive,” said Jon Bilstein, CEO of Comprehensive. “Several of our doctors are UNLV faculty and alumni and each year we partner with several schools within UNLV to promote healthy living and healthcare related initiatives. We’re glad to support Dr. Abel-Santos and this important research.”

“I am honored to receive this gift from Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Cdiff is an insidious infection that attacks vulnerable patients, especially those taking chemotherapy. It is heartbreaking to see a cancer patient in remission just to be taken by this infection. The contribution from Comprehensive will allow the Abel-Santos lab to further develop prevention methods against Cdiff infections. In the name of all the researchers in the Abel-Santos lab, I thank Comprehensive for their contribution”

During the two-day #RebelsGive program, Comprehensive’s gift combined with all donations to the College of Sciences, raised a total of $19,150.