|[November 01, 2013]
Children's and Families' Cancers Target of New Research Initiative at Huntsman Cancer Institute
SALT LAKE CITY --(Business Wire)--
At a time when the incidence and prevalence of cancers in all age
groups-including children-is increasing, and funding for cancer research
is on the decline, officials at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the
University of Utah today announced a plan to expand HCI's research
capabilities-a new, 220,000-square-foot addition.
Huntsman Cancer Institute today announced plans for new, 220,000-square-foot cancer research building. (Photo: Business Wire)
"From an empty hillside to one of the world's leading cancer research
and treatment facilities, our vision has always been to improve cancer
outcomes for children and adults through innovative research," said Jon
M. Huntsman, HCI's founder and principal benefactor. "To fulfill that
dream, our world-class researchers need more space and equipment.
Huntsman Cancer Institute's research labs are at full capacity, yet
patients all over the world are looking to us for new treatments to save
their lives. This new addition will double our research space."
"What a remarkable and far-reaching act of enlightened philanthropy Jon
M. Huntsman has given to the people of Utah, indeed to our nation and
world. Through his leadership, personal gifts and ability to engage
others in supporting this important cause, Jon has for more than 20
years brought to life his vision for exceptional cancer research and
care. We are grateful that he has entrusted the University of Utah to
carry out that vision," said David W. Pershing, president of the
Universty of Utah. "Today Huntsman Cancer Institute stands among the
leading cancer research and treatment centers in the world, with an even
brighter future for HCI, thanks to this welcome new addition to help us
find the causes and cures for cancer."
The new cancer research facility is projected to cost $100 million, and
will house laboratories and technology that will allow HCI researchers
to study many more aspects of cancers that affect families, including
the three leading causes of disease death in children: leukemia, sarcoma
and brain cancer. The new addition will be named the Primary Children's
and Families' Research Center in honor of one of the principal donors of
the expansion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The name
reflects the LDS church's historical emphasis on children and families.
"This additional research space is absolutely essential to HCI's mission
to relieve the suffering of cancer patients through understanding cancer
and bringing that understanding to bear in the development of new and
better treatments," Mary Beckerle, Ph.D., CEO and director of HCI, said.
"When the war on cancer was launched in 1971, it was unfathomable even
to imagine what is possible today. Building on our strong foundation of
achievement in cancer genetics, risk assessment and prevention, the new
facility will allow us to expand in areas of critical need and will
dramatically accelerate our progress."
The project has been endorsed by HCI's external board of advisors, made
up of several directors of national cancer centers, as well as a Nobel (News - Alert)
laureate, several Institute of Medicine members and two National Academy
of Sciences members. Programming and design for the new, six-floor
expansion is already underway, and construction is slated to begin in
2014. Located on the campus of the University of Utah and a part of the
University of Utah Health Sciences system, the addition is projected to
extend from the southeast corner of the research arm of the original
This addition marks HCI's fourth major construction phase. The first
phase, completed in 1999, comprises 231,000-square-feet and houses three
floors of research labs and an outpatient clinic and infusion center.
The second phase, a 286,000-square-foot cancer specialty hospital with
50 inpatient rooms, opened in 2004. In the fall of 2011, a
156,000-square-foot expansion to the hospital, with 50 more inpatient
rooms, was dedicated.
The mission of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at The University of
Utah is to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge
in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the
suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer
risk, prevention and care. HCI is a National Cancer Institute-Designated
Cancer Center, which means that it meets the highest national standards
for world-class, state-of-the-art programs in multidisciplinary cancer
research and receives support for its scientific endeavours. HCI is also
a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a
not-for-profit alliance of the world's leading cancer centers dedicated
to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients
with cancer. For more information about HCI, please visit www.huntsmancancer.org.
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