The National Cancer Institute (NCI) awarded the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center a renewal of its formal designation as a comprehensive cancer center. The renewal includes a five-year, $11.5 million Cancer Center Support Grant.
To earn the "comprehensive" designation from the NCI, a cancer center must demonstrate substantial depth and breadth in its scientific research, as well as community service and outreach. Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center and one of only 40 such top-tier centers in the nation.
"In renewing our status as a comprehensive cancer center, the NCI has recognized and rewarded us for the important role we play in discovery and development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, as well as our success in delivering medical advances to patients and their families, educating health care professionals and the public, and reaching out to underserved populations," said George Weiner, MD, director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and the C.E. Block Professor of Cancer Research.
"It is extremely gratifying to be viewed so positively by our peers, and we look forward to continuing our work to decrease the burden of cancer for the people of Iowa and beyond," he added.
The process of maintaining the comprehensive cancer center designation required an extensive, in-depth review of Holden Cancer Center by the NCI, including a site visit by a team of national cancer experts. The review team noted the center's significant progress in supporting high quality, cancer-focused research with areas of strong translational effort and commended center leaders for taking advantage of unique research opportunities in the areas of rural health, environmental exposure and free radical biology.
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center coordinates all cancer-related research, education, and patient care conducted throughout the UI by nearly 200 faculty from 36 departments and six colleges, as well as UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children's Hospital.