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Huntsman Wins $7.5M Cancer Center Renewal

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Cancer Institute has renewed the University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute as an NCI Cancer Center, which includes $7.5 million in funding over five years, HCI said this week.

HCI received the extension after a scientific review and evaluation process that considered the impact of the center's research, the availability of research and patient care facilities, the scientific leadership, collaborations, and the translation of science to clinical care.

The institute's strategic focus is on studying the genetics involved in cancer to develop personalized cancer risk assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. HCI is searching for undiscovered genes that explain cancers in families with strong histories of the disease, and it uses genetics and cellular research in efforts to develop safer and more effective cancer treatments.

The institute also houses and manages the Utah Population Database, a genetics database resource that enables researchers to study inheritance patterns in families over multiple generations and has been used in studies of gene mutations involved in colon cancer, breast and ovarian cancers, and melanoma.

HCI is funded by the founding donor Jon Huntsman and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

"NCI designation brings financial resources to support further development of our research infrastructure, ensuring that we have cutting-edge technologies and expertise," HCI Executive Director Mary Beckerle said in a statement.

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