UNT Health Science CenterA€AsAIs Institute for Cancer Research Receives Grant

October 2, 2006

The Joe and Jessie Crump Fund for Medical Research has awarded UNT Health Science Centerâ??s Institute for Cancer Research a $75,000 grant to support cancer grand rounds, the STAR summer outreach program and novel cancer research projects.

The Cancer Center Grand Rounds program brings nationally and internationally recognized cancer researchers speak at the health science center, highlighting advances in cancer research and therapy.

The STARS (Summer Research Among Research Scientists) program provides cancer research and educational experiences for outstanding undergraduate students from throughout Texas.

The novel cancer research projects will focus on collecting enough research data to compete for funds from the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health.

â??The Joe and Jessie Crump Fund for Medical Research has been a great friend to the Institute for Cancer Research,â? said Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD, associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and scientific director of the Institute for Cancer Research. â??In the past two years, the fund has supported our Cancer Center Grand Rounds and STARS program to help expand our knowledge of cancer research and help recruit young people into cancer research. This year, we are excited that their funding will help us continue with these programs and add cancer research pilot projects.â?

The Institute for Cancer Research is a consortium of researchers in basic science and public health and clinicians from the health science center, the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, UNT Denton, Texas Christian University, Texas Womanâ??s University, the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Wesleyan University.

In 2005, the Joe and Jessie Crump Fund for Medical Research gave the health science center $50,000 to support cancer grand rounds and the STARS program.

For more information about the Institute for Cancer Research and its current projects, log on to its website at http://www.hsc.unt.edu/research/ifd/ICR .

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Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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