NIH awards grant for cancer research to the University of Wisconsin

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced today the award of a $7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to the University of Wisconsin to help construct a cancer research facility, which will enable basic researchers and clinical investigators to work together to address the causes, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer. Last year, the Secretary announced a similar award to the University of Wisconsin for research on prostate cancer.

"Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in American women," Secretary Thompson said. "In 2004, there will be an estimated 215,000 new cases of breast cancer in women. While researchers have made great strides in unraveling the mysteries of this disease, the new research facility at the University of Wisconsin presents a unique opportunity to marshal our resources to accelerate treatments and cures for our nation's citizens."

"Scientific discovery requires approaches that bring together---both physically and intellectually---scientists and clinicians with a broad range of expertise and skills," said Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., director of NIH. "By removing physical barriers, researchers at this facility can work as interdisciplinary teams---taking research gained from cellular and molecular discoveries in the laboratories and translating them into treatments and cures for patients suffering from breast cancer."

Both this year's award and the one made last year are for the construction of different floors in the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center/Interdisciplinary Research Complex. The grant funding will provide state-of-the-art laboratories, address an overall shortage of research space, and allow investigators, who now are spread out over multiple floors and buildings on the campus, to work in close proximity in order to collaborate on their research findings. The grant is supported by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of NIH.

Contact: Joyce McDonald
NIH/National Center for Research Resources

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