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USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Receives $32.5 Million Core Grant Renewal

 Peter Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center a five-year, $32.5 million core grant renewal to support its broad range of clinical, research and educational programs. The award is designed to reduce the impact of cancer upon the lives of people throughout California and beyond.

“In the past five years, the cancer center has grown in tremendous ways,” said Peter A. Jones, director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Receiving renewal of our core grant both acknowledges the exceptional work of our researchers and administration and ensures that progress in the fight against cancer will continue to expand at USC Norris.”

The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center was established in 1971 and has benefited from continuous recognition and funding from the NCI since 1973, when it was named one of the original eight comprehensive cancer centers.  It is one of only 40 comprehensive cancer centers in the country.

“This grant renewal reaffirms the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center not only as a center of research excellence in the basic and clinical sciences, but also as an important community and regional resource,” said Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Nearly 200 scientists and physicians from the faculty of the Keck School of Medicine and several other USC professional schools/departments are members of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, investigating the complex origins and progression of cancer, developing prevention strategies and searching for cures.

The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center provides comprehensive care for patients in its affiliated hospitals and outpatient clinics and conducts hundreds of clinical trials, offering the latest in innovative cancer treatments. USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center affiliated hospitals include the USC Norris Cancer Hospital, USC University Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center.

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