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NCI Awards $11M for Biomarker Studies Under Early Detection Research Network

NEW YORK, May 13 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Cancer Institute has awarded 13 grants worth a total of $11 million to fund research for the next five years under its Early Detection Research Network, the agency said yesterday.


Four of the grants go to institutions not previously funded by EDRN, whose goal is to establish validated biological markers that are ready for large-scale clinical testing. The funding covers three of the network's four components: clinical epidemiology and validation centers, biomarker reference laboratories, and a data management and coordinating center, as well as an informatics center. Funding for the fourth component, biomarker development laboratories, was awarded late last year.


Funding for epidemiology and validation centers goes to the Universityof Michigan, Brigham and Women's Hospital, the FoxChaseCancerCenter, CreightonUniversityin Omaha, Johns Hopkins University, New YorkUniversity School of Medicine, BethIsraelDeaconessMedicalCenter, University of Texas Health Science Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Biomarkers reference laboratories funding was awarded to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, JohnsHopkinsUniversity, the Universityof California, Los Angeles, the Universityof Alabama, and the Universityof Maryland.


The FredHutchinsonCancerCenterreceived funding for the data management and coordinating center, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration California Institute of Technology for the informatics center.

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