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Marshall awarded $1 million grant for cancer research

September 28, 2009 @ 03:56 PM
2009/The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — The National Institutes of Health has approved a $1,048,956 grant award for Marshall University biomedical genetics research through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The grant was awarded to the Biochemistry and Microbiology Department at Marshall University in partnership with West Virginia University in an enhanced effort by NIH to support biomedical research. The grant supplements existing National Center for Research Resources grant funding.

The purpose of the research is to establish a cancer genomics network through studying the genetic makeup of donated tumor material. The ultimate research goal is to use the collective genetic information to create customized diagnostics, prognosis, and treatment.

"This funding will enable West Virginia to establish a state-of-the-art center to define genetic changes that contribute to the development and progression of cancer,” Dr. Richard Niles, professor and chair of the Biochemistry & Microbiology Department at Marshall University, said in a prepared release. “The hope is that it will lead to better choices of therapies to treat existing cancers and measures to prevent the development of cancer in our West Virginia population."

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