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Hutchinson Center to Build First U.S. Cancer Clinic and Training Facility in Africa Thanks, in Part, to a Grant From USAID
Date:10/26/2009

hers in oncology, infectious disease and epidemiology will provide training in a wide variety of subjects to Ugandan clinicians and scientists. They also will have the opportunity to initiate research projects in collaboration with Ugandan researchers.

"My hope," Casper said, "is that over the next five years we establish a first-class facility in Uganda, train a significant number of Ugandan cancer-care providers and that people who are interested in international oncology will come to the Center for the chance to work in Uganda.

The collaborative effort is also an opportunity for the Hutchinson Center to help mobilize humanitarian aid in this East African nation, where proper nutrition and medical care is scarce and where the families of patients are responsible for all nonmedical care, including food.

"Having a healthy population is essential for the fabric and stability of the nation," Casper said. "It is the Hutchinson Center's obligation to seek the resources needed to provide care to the patients and clinical-research volunteers in Uganda. It's also the right thing to do. There can be no greater mandate in cancer research than to wage the fight by doing the right thing."

Photos of the Uganda Program on Cancer and Infectious Diseases Clinic and Training Center are available at this link: http://tr.im/ugandacancerinstitute. For more information about UPCID, please visit www.upcid.org.

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Hutchinson Center researchers, including three Nobel laureates, bring a relentless pursuit and passion for health, knowledge and hope to their work and to the world. For more information, please visit fhcrc.org.

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