publication date: Jul. 10, 2015

Huntsman, UNM Cancer Center, and UT Southwestern Receive NCI Comprehensive Designations 


Three cancer centers have been awarded comprehensive status from NCI, the highest designation possible: the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center, and the University of New Mexico Cancer Center.

A fourth, the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, is also expected to receive the comprehensive designation, sources said. This will bring the total number of comprehensive centers to 45.

Huntsman is the only cancer center to be designated by NCI in the five-state Intermountain West region, including Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Nevada, which covers more than 17 percent of the continental U.S. landmass.

The award was the result of an extensive review process that culminated in a full-day on-site visit by national cancer research experts in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“The positive review of HCI’s programs by leaders in cancer research recognizes and reaffirms the innovation and impact of our efforts to save lives,” said Mary Beckerle, Huntsman’s director and CEO. “This NCI designation brings financial resources to support further development of our research infrastructure, keeping us on the leading edge of technology and expertise.”

The comprehensive designation recognizes not only the quality of cancer research, training and public outreach programs at HCI, but acknowledges the depth and breadth of research in three major cancer research areas: laboratory, clinical and population-based research. The designation also recognized HCI for the impact of its research findings on national cancer care guidelines and improved patient … Continue reading 41-27 Huntsman, UNM, and UT Southwestern Receive NCI Comprehensive Designations

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