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