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National Cancer Institute establishes $11.3 million center at Case Western Reserve
Date:9/16/2011

The National Cancer Institute has awarded $11.3 million to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to establish a center of excellence for research on gastrointestinal cancers. The funding designates the university as a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancers recognition extended to just one institution this year. University Hospitals Case Medical Center is the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve and is collaborating with the School of Medicine on a portion of the comprehensive program.

"This grant reflects the culmination of decades of remarkable research efforts that have advanced our understanding of some of the most devastating and challenging forms of cancer," Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder said. "We are proud of that progress and profoundly hopeful for future breakthroughs."

This award recognizes extraordinary achievements and potential of the School of Medicine's programs in gastrointestinal malignancies. Case Western Reserve will join an elite group of six other institutions nationwide that hold a SPORE in gastrointestinal cancers. Others include Harvard and Johns Hopkins University. The new funding will be used to build on Case Western Reserve researchers' existing discoveries and push them forward to provide more effective modes of detection, treatment and prevention for patients.

The Case Western Reserve SPORE will focus on translational research aimed at reducing the incidence and deaths from colon cancers and from cancers of the esophagus The SPORE will also develop new approaches for treatment and prevention of adenomatous colon polyps that can develop into colon cancers, and for Barrett's esophagus, that can develop into esophageal cancer. Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and cancers of the esophagus are (along with melanomas) the most rapidly increasing cause of cancer deaths in the United State
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Contact: Jessica Studeny
jessica.studeny@case.edu
216-368-4692
Case Western Reserve University
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