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

owledge in cancer biology and cancer therapy."

In particular, this NCI Grant supports Wistar's shared resources. These resources offer outstanding expertise in advanced scientific services, from imaging to molecular screening. "We are a small institution, and our shared resources act as force multipliers, augmenting the scientific capabilities of each independent laboratory," explained Altieri.

"The Support Grant is a potent driver of research at Wistar, and our NCI designation is highly valued in the research community," said Wistar President and CEO, Russel E. Kaufman, M.D. "'Exceptional' is the highest rating the review panel could give, and I can't think of better way to describe the efforts of Dr. Altieri and all of our faculty."

The faculty of The Wistar Institute Cancer Center are members of three research programs: Gene Expression and Regulation, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis, and Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis. Each program delves into a particular, overlapping field of cancer biology. In the years leading up to this grant renewal, the Institute has made a concerted effort to enhance scientific collaboration between programs, which has resulted in an ever increasing number of shared authorship among researchers on published scientific studies, a hallmark of such collaboration.

"In recent years, our faculty embraced the 'team science' model that calls for the sort of interdisciplinary research that drives discovery: there is really no 'I' anymore in cancer research, only 'We,'" said Altieri.

In recognition of the global need to improve cancer therapy, the Institute recently announced the formation of a new Cancer Center program in Translational Tumor Immunology, to be led by the noted expert in cancer immunology and immunotherapy, Dmitry Gabrilovich, M.D., Ph.D. The nascent program will recruit new faculty to the Institute and establish the strongest possible scientific track record in time for the ne
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Contact: Greg Lester
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215-898-3943
The Wistar Institute
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