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World Renowned Champalimaud Foundation Extends its Mission with Groundbreaking for Cutting-Edge Research Center
Date:10/8/2008

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LISBON, Portugal and NEW YORK, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Three weeks after awarding two Johns Hopkins University scientists the most prestigious vision award in the world for their research in combating blindness, the Antonio Champalimaud Foundation continued its pioneering work in medical research with the groundbreaking of its 300,000-square-foot research facility. The Champalimaud Foundation Center, named after the late Portuguese businessman and benefactor Antonio Champalimaud, is expected to be not only a cutting edge research facility, but also a magnificent architectural project in a historic section of Lisbon. The center will provide care and research on cancer and neuroscience that will benefit the international medical and scientific community.

By 2030 it is estimated that there will be 20 to 25 million incident cases of cancer around the world, and 13 to 16 million cancer deaths annually. In the US the number of people living with cancer is expected to double from 1.3 to 2.6 million between the years 2000 to 2050, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The Champalimaud Center will attract scientists from all over the world to undertake the most advanced translational research in cancer and neuroscience using a multidisciplinary team approach.

The new center will foster collaboration between world class researchers and renowned cancer specialists. The state-of-the-art facility will foster frontline research in oncology, molecular biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience and behavior, as well as post-graduate and doctorate programs, and the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and cancer patients.

Signifying the importance of the new center, Portuguese Prime Minister, Jose Socrates, presided, with the Champalimaud Foundation President, Leonor Beleza, over the groundbreaking ceremony. The architect, Charles Correa, addressed the assembly, describing th
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