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UCLA prostate cancer research program receives $11.6 million federal grant
Date:8/7/2013

UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the department of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA have been notified that their standing as a National Cancer Institute Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) site in prostate cancer has been renewed for another five years.

The UCLA program is under the leadership of principal investigator Dr. Robert Reiter, Bing Professor of Urologic Research and a member of the Jonsson Cancer Center.

This renewal marks the beginning of a third five-year cycle of funding that will support UCLA scientists' efforts to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Thirty-thousand American men are expected to die from the disease this year, and the NCI estimates that more than 238,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013.

The SPORE program is a central component of NCI's efforts to spur collaborative, interdisciplinary cancer research at academic centers throughout the U.S., with the goal of translating basic research from the laboratories into patient care more quickly and effectively. The five-year, $11.6 million grant will help UCLA expand its renowned prostate cancer program, which engages researchers and clinicians from many disciplines across campus to uncover the mysteries of the disease.

"The SPORE grant will robustly continue the outstanding programs we have developed over the last two cycles of the grant and give us the resources to bring investigators together for new innovative and multidisciplinary projects with the goal of improving the way we diagnose and treat prostate cancer," said Dr. Mark Litwin, professor and chair of UCLA's department of urology.

"This renewal of the UCLA prostate SPORE is indicative of the world-class research we have on this campus," said Dr. James Economou, UCLA vice chancellor for research and professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics; molecular and m
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Contact: Shaun Mason
smason@mednet.ucla.edu
310-206-2805
University of California - Los Angeles
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