The American Cancer Society has awarded a three-year Institutional Research Grant of $247,500 to support cancer research by young faculty in all of UNM schools and colleges. The renewal of this grant will bring 10 years of continuous funding and more than $700,000 to UNM's cancer research programs.

The grant provides funding for faculty who are conducting cancer-related research and have not yet obtained national funding for their project. Funding worth $60,000 per year is available for all areas of cancer research with the potential to advance the understanding of cancer prevention and treatment.

An additional $20,000 per year will go specifically to behavioral, psychosocial and intervention research proposals to address the special needs of New Mexico populations in the areas of cancer control, prevention, support and management.

Students in medical, pharmacy nursing or other professional programs who have the potential to develop as cancer researchers and practitioners can also receive a $2,500 stipend from the American Cancer Society. The maximum award an applicant will receive is $20,000 a year.

""Our major goal at the Cancer Center is to promote research that will help our unique populations within New Mexico,"" said Dr. Janet Oliver, professor of pathology and associate director for research in the Cancer Research and Treatment Center. ""With support from the American Cancer Society, we will be able to attract talented faculty and provide them with the resources they need to develop their careers."

The Cancer Research and Treatment Center at the UNM Health Sciences Center is the only organization in New Mexico that combines state-of-the-art services for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer with the resources for laboratory and population-based cancer research.
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