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Fred Hutchinson receives $9.7 million to lead early detection consortium

SEATTLE The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has announced that SAIC-Frederick Inc.* has made two-year awards, under a competitive solicitation, totaling $13.4 million to two research teams from 10 cancer-research institutions. Scientists from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will lead one of the research teams; scientists from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor will lead the other team.

Fred Hutchinson was awarded $9.7 million to lead a research consortium dedicated to developing simple blood tests to detect the earliest signs of cancer and other diseases so they can be treated as early as possible, when cure rates are highest.

Collaborating institutions include the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories in Richland, Wash., and the Plasma Proteome Institute in Washington, D.C.

The initial aim of the National Cancer Institute-funded consortium is to identify serum biomarkers proteins in the blood that either alone or in combination are detected in altered amounts in people with cancer or who are at high risk of developing the disease.

The ultimate goal of the consortium is to create highly reliable and inexpensive biomarker-based blood tests that could identify the onset and risk of a wide range of cancers and other diseases so they could be prevented or treated at the earliest possible stage.

The strong history of collaboration among the participating institutions and researchers all major contributors to the field of biomarker discovery was key to getting the grant, said Martin McIntosh, Ph.D., principal investigator of the award and an early detection researcher in Fred Hutchinson's Public Health Sciences Division.

"All of the institutions involved are international leaders in the rapidly advancing field of proteomics, which attempts to catalog
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Contact: Kristen Woodward
kwoodwar@fhcrc.org
206-667-5095
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
13-Dec-2004


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