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Our History

The registry was established in 1981 by M. Steven Piver, M.D., former chairman of the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute—America’s first cancer center, located in Buffalo, NY.

In May 1990, it was named The Gilda Radner Registry to honor the memory of American comedian, Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. Gene Wilder, actor and producer, was Gilda’s husband. Mr. Wilder generously agreed to lend his late wife’s name to the registry in an effort to increase awareness of the disease and to help national research efforts.

The registry was renamed the Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry in 2013 to help expand awareness worldwide, and to foster increased collaborative partnerships with hospitals and research centers across the world.