NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been named a National Cancer Institute cancer center, Mount Sinai said today.

"The NCI designation recognizes our deep commitment to advance the field of cancer research, treatment, and prevention, and to bring these innovations to cancer patients and their families," TCI Director Steven Burakoff said in a statement. "The designation reflects Mount Sinai's significant investment in cancer research, world-class faculty, and cutting-edge facilities."

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