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September 24, 2014

$18M award from National Cancer Institute is among Medical Center’s largest in decade

The Wilmot Cancer Institute will have a leadership role in a nationwide clinical research network to investigate cancer-related side effects as part of an $18.6 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute.

With the new funding, principal investigator Gary Morrow, professor of surgery, and his team will represent one of only two hubs for the National Cancer Institutes’s Community Oncology Research Program, or NCORP.

The team will design and manage clinical studies that will be implemented nationwide. Their work, which includes preparing manuscripts for publication in medical journals, revolves around supportive care for patients coping with side effects during and following cancer treatment. The award is among the top five largest grants received by a Medical Center researcher in the past 10 years.

Prior to acceptance in the NCORP network, Morrow built the University’s Cancer Control program through the NCI’s Community Clinical Oncology Program or CCOP.

The new initiative replaced CCOP this year—and when the National Cancer Institute issued the new awards, it also expanded the agenda to include cancer-care delivery research, which encompasses how social factors, financial systems, and health technologies affect care.

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