INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University Cancer Center has been recognized as a premier national center for the study of cancer and the development of new cancer treatments by the National Cancer Institute. As an NCI-designated clinical cancer center, the IU Cancer Center will receive a five-year, $6.3 million support grant. The grant bolsters the $33.3 million annual funding currently received for cancer research projects at IU. The NCI designation places the IU Cancer Center in an elite group of research centers that focuses on the rapid translation of research discoveries to directly benefit people with cancer.
"Indiana University Cancer Center's recognition as an NCI cancer center is a major accomplishment that will have many important benefits for those who are served by IU," said Brian W. Kimes, Ph.D., director of the Office of Centers, Training and Resources at the NCI. "As the only clinical cancer center supported by the NCI in the State of Indiana, it will sustain and nurture the important linkages of cancer research to cancer care and bring the benefits of research directly to the community and region it serves."
"An NCI research designation complements our long-standing recognition
as one of the top clinical programs nationally," said Stephen D. Williams, M.D.,
director of the center and professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine.
The NCI grant enhances the collaboration of research scientists and physicians
throughout Indiana. Working closely together, medical, nursing and other
scientific investigators are better able to target clinical problems in the
laboratory and apply their findings to new patient treatments.
These efforts include the expertise of physicians, laboratory scientists,
nurses, social workers, behavioral scientists, dentists, nutritionists,
radiation therapists, medical and imaging technologists, clinical
pharmacologists, physical therapists and others involved in advancing therapies
and care for cancer pat
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