UPCI / UPMC CC Press Releases

National Cancer Institute Renews University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute's Cancer Center Support Grant

Pittsburgh, PA October 18, 2010 – The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) has received renewal notification of its Cancer Center Support Grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to support its broad range of clinical, research and educational programs and its mission to lessen the burden of cancer for people throughout Western Pennsylvania and beyond. After a rigorous peer-reviewed process, the $27 million grant was renewed for the next five years.

Established in 1985, UPCI received its designation as an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1989 and has retained this distinction since then. UPCI is the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Western Pennsylvania. To receive a Comprehensive Cancer Center designation, a cancer institute must demonstrate successful programs in clinical care, research, community outreach and education.

"Our renewal confirms UPCI is a national leader in cancer research and cancer care," said Nancy E. Davidson, M.D., director of UPCI and UPMC Cancer Centers. "This designation reflects our dedication to innovative cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment as well as the high-caliber of our scientific research and community-based outreach services. We are one of only 40 institutes in the country to hold this elite designation, and I couldn't be more proud to lead our team of physician-scientists, oncologists, educators, administrators and staff members who help make us a leading institute for cancer research and care."

The renewal comes at a transformative time for UPCI. The 2010/2011 academic year recognizes UPCI's 25th anniversary, and through a series of educational symposiums, employee events and the annual Hillman Cancer Center gala, UPCI is celebrating its past and planning its future.

"The cancer center support grant renewal is a national benchmark, one that confirms the exceptional cancer research at UPCI," said Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vice-chancellor for the health sciences, and dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "The review process holds UPCI to the most rigorous standards for cancer research and care; and the renewal is an honor reflecting the dedication of faculty and staff throughout the institute."

"This is a particularly exciting period for UPCI," said Dr. Davidson. "Not only are we taking time to reflect on our past and all we have achieved, we are also looking to the future, with a special focus on the areas of personalized cancer medicine, the enhancement of cancer detection, prevention and control activities, and the expansion of our laboratory and translational research programs. The cancer center support grant renewal will help us move forward with these goals and many others."

The cancer center support grant is a major source of funding for the infrastructure and administration that are vital for innovative cancer research. It requires competitive renewal every five years.

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About UPCI
As the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania, UPCI is a recognized leader in providing innovative cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment; bio-medical research; compassionate patient care and support; and community-based outreach services. UPCI investigators are world-renowned for their work in clinical and basic cancer research.