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23 percent of UI research funding targets cancer

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nearly one of every four research dollars brought in last year at the University of Iowa went to the war on cancer. According to figures released today by Dr. David J. Skorton, UI vice president for research, researchers at the university received $176.2 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Of that, 23 percent --more than $40 million -- went to cancer research.

"The faculty affiliated with the UI Cancer Center have been very successful in attracting research funds to support their work," Skorton said. "It is an indication of the strength of our faculty and of the quality of our biomedical research."

Dr. Robert P. Kelch, dean of the College of Medicine, said the college has made the fight against cancer a top priority.

"A large part of our new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility will be devoted to cancer research. When it is completed in 2001, it will allow us to expand our cancer research, which is obviously already quite substantial."

The UI Cancer Center is interdisciplinary. There are 180 cancer center members from 26 departments across six colleges within the university.