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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 8, 2004

Holden Cancer Center Receives American Cancer Society Grant Renewal

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa has received a three-year, $427,500 Institutional Research Grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

The grant, which renews 27 consecutive years of the ACS Institutional Research Grant, will provide $142,500 of annual support for three years, beginning Jan. 1, 2005.

The funding will provide research support to beginning investigators at the UI for pilot projects in basic, clinical or psychosocial and behavioral cancer research. The award also includes a yearly stipend of $2,500 to introduce a medical student or graduate student in the professional health sciences to cancer research and the possibilities of a career in this field. 

The grant's principal investigator is George Weiner, M.D., director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, the C.E. Block Chair of Cancer Research and professor of internal medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Visit the American Cancer Society online at www.cancer.org.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer. Visit the center online at www.uihealthcare.com/depts/cancercenter/.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178.

CONTACTS:

American Cancer Society, Midwest Division: Kerry A. Finnegan, media and public relations coordinator (Iowa), 515-727-0079 or 800-688-0147, ext. 260, (fax) 515-253-0806, Kerry.Finnegan@cancer.org

Program: Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, 319-353-8620

Media: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660 becky-soglin@uiowa.edu