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M. D. Anderson launches graduate program in cancer metastasis
Date:3/26/2009

HOUSTON - A one-of-a-kind graduate program that focuses on the most lethal aspect of cancer will open this fall at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center with support from a highly competitive grant from The University of Texas System.

The Graduate Program in Cancer Metastasis Research: Bench to Bedside, will concentrate on understanding and attacking the spread of cancer from its original site to other organs. The program will be offered through The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston, a combined program of M. D. Anderson and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

"Metastasis is far and away the major killer of cancer patients, and this doctoral program is the first to treat the study of metastasis as a separate discipline," said program organizer Gary E. Gallick, Ph.D., professor and director of education in M. D. Anderson's Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology and a member of the GSBS faculty.

UT System allocated $485,250 to the metastasis program over three years, one of only seven grants awarded in a systemwide competition called the Graduate Program Initiative. The University of Texas System Board of Regents allocated $5 million for the initiative to cultivate innovative programs that will attract high-quality graduate students to UT System institutions. Each institution submitted multiple proposals.

"It's crucial that we improve our basic understanding of the underlying mechanisms for the spread of cancer to distant sites," said M. D. Anderson Provost and Executive Vice President Raymond DuBois, M.D. Ph.D. "This program will enhance the training of future scientists who will advance metastasis research."

The metastasis program integrates a traditional hypothesis-driven, basic-science research approach with M. D. Anderson's strong emphasis on cultivating close collaborations among physicians and scientists. "Students will learn to ap
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Contact: Scott Merville
smerville@mdanderson.org
713-792-0665
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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