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NCI recommends the Wistar Institute receive $14.9 million support grant renewal
Date:2/20/2014

After an extensive review by a panel of top cancer experts, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) rated The Wistar Institute Cancer Center as "exceptional" and recommended renewal for Wistar's Support Grant with an award of $14.9 million over the next five years. The Grant funds the infrastructure and research support facilities that enable Wistar scientists to conduct their research. In 1972, Wistar became the first NCI-designated cancer center in the city of Philadelphia and the first in the nation solely devoted to fundamental research in the biology of cancer. Although many institutions call themselves cancer centers, only 65 nationally are so designated by the National Cancer Institute, and this designation clearly distinguishes The Wistar Institute Cancer Center.

The review process evaluated research programs, shared resources, educational outreach efforts, and the leadership of Cancer Center Director Dario Altieri, M.D., and rated the Cancer Center and its director with the overall rating of "exceptional," its highest ranking. The successful renewal cited Wistar's commitment to scientific collaboration, both across the Institute itself and in partnerships with such organizations as the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center in Delaware, the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery at Temple University, and the Community College of Philadelphia. The review lauded Wistar's institutional commitment to its scientists and a top-notch research environment, such as the new seven-story Robert and Penny Fox Tower currently under construction.

"This Support Grant represents who we are as an institution, and we take immense pride in our NCI designation," said Altieri, who also serves as the Institute's Chief Scientific Officer and Robert and Penny Fox Distinguished Professor. "The recent renewal is a testament to the strengths of our science, our culture of collaboration and sharing, and the success of our researchers in pushing the boundaries of discovery and kn
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Contact: Greg Lester
glester@wistar.org
215-898-3943
The Wistar Institute
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