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University of Chicago chosen as a center for new cancer clinical trials network
Date:5/12/2014

A team from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a five-year, $3.9-million award from the National Cancer Institute to serve as a Lead Academic Participating Site for the newly created National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). The University of Chicago team received the best possible score in the highly competitive application process.

The new network is designed to improve the speed and efficiency of cancer clinical trials, according to the National Cancer Institute. The NCTN which will focus on early and late stage clinical trials for adults with cancer will consist of fewer but larger groups of investigators and will distribute resources in a more effective way.

Lead Academic Participating Site grants, created specifically for the NCTN, will provide scientific leadership in development and conduct of clinical trials in association with the adult clinical trial groups. They will perform preliminary studies to prepare for large-scale testing, conduct related studies to support specific trials, provide mentoring for junior faculty, and help recruit appropriate patients to Network trials, especially those expected to have a significant positive impact on cancer treatment.

The University of Chicago is one of up to 30 lead sites in the United States and the only one in Illinois.

"Our cancer center has a well-deserved reputation for high-impact clinical research and a deep and long-standing commitment to the former cancer cooperative groups that now comprise the NCTN," said Hedy Kindler, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and lead principal investigator for the Chicago site. "This grant will enable us to provide outstanding multidisciplinary scientific and administrative leadership in the design and implementation of innovative and potentially practice-changing clinical trials within the NCTN."

NCTN trials will set the standard for cancer treatment
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Contact: John Easton
john.easton@uchospitals.edu
773-795-5225
University of Chicago Medical Center
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