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Federal stimulus funding channels more than $40 million to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Date:10/6/2009

SEATTLE Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have been awarded 60 research grants totaling nearly $40.4 million under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. The totals reflect data available as of Oct. 1 and reported by the National Institutes of Health.

The individual projects range in amount from $4.8 million to $33,596 and benefit every level of researcher at the Hutchinson Center, from well-established principal investigators to predoctoral graduate students.

"It's a testament to the quality of the science we do and to the scientists who conduct our research that the Hutchinson Center was so successful in obtaining this level of stimulus funding," said Lee Hartwell, Ph.D., Center president and director.

One of the key goals of the Recovery Act is job retention and job creation.

"We estimate that for every $100,000 in grant funding that the Center receives, 2.3 jobs are retained or created internally and in the community by our suppliers. This means that the stimulus funds we received will retain and create about 920 jobs," Hartwell said.

The multiplier effect is backed by the National Institutes of Health and the Hutchinson Center's own economic impact studies.

A wide range of scientific subjects is covered by the grants, including developing assays to measure proteins expressed in cancer, cancer economics and cord blood transplantation.

Among Center faculty, Amanda Paulovich, M.D., Ph.D., an associate member of the Clinical Research Division, was awarded the single largest stimulus grant at $4.8 million. Paulovich is an expert in cancer proteomics, and her project is a pilot study to assess the feasibility and scalability of a human proteome detection and measurement project.

"The lack of sensitive, specific assays that can measure multiple proteins at the same time in a single sample is a major technical barrier that impedes progress in the biomedical science
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Contact: Kristen Woodward
kwoodwar@fhcrc.org
20-666-765-095
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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