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UCSF Cancer Center joins elite group of National Cancer Institute-designated centers

The University of California, San Francisco Cancer Center has received designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), becoming the only NCI-designated cancer center in Northern California, UCSF officials announced today.

"UCSF's recognition as an NCI Cancer Center, one of only fifty-nine in the country, is a major accomplishment that will have many important benefits for San Francisco and the Bay Area," says Brian Kimes, MD, director of the Office of Centers, Training and Resources at the NCI. "The UCSF cancer center will sustain and nurture the important linkage of cancer research to cancer care and bring the benefits of research directly to the community and region it serves." There are a total of 59 NCI cancer centers in the country, but there are none in Northern California. NCI-designation, which acknowledges the breadth, depth and balance of UCSF's cancer programs, means that the Cancer Center will receive up to $850,000 per year for the next three years. This money will help to fund research infrastructure, shared research facilities and administration at the UCSF Cancer Center.

"NCI-designation is a testimonial to our commitment to translational and clinical research," says Frank McCormick, PhD, FRS, director of the UCSF Cancer Center. "It is also a recognition of the unique structure we have in place that encourages collaboration between clinical and lab scientists, thus fostering the translation of laboratory discoveries into new therapies for improved patient care."

After the initial three-year funding period, the UCSF Cancer Center is eligible for a five-year NCI renewal grant. Typically, this grant amounts to 20 percent of the total NCI funding an institution receives to support peer-reviewed cancer research studies.

Currently, UCSF receives $25 million from the NCI to support 94 cancer research projects, and this amount is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. Taking into account other external funding sou
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