These are exciting times for the Tulane Cancer Center. Since our founding in 1993, our matrix Center has expanded to more than 130 faculty members, 50 of whom are grant-funded programmatic members. Despite the loss of about 40% of our research base due to faculty departures following Hurricane Katrina, we are now beating the odds in terms of funding. 2012 was another year of growth with regard to grant support despite shrinking federal research budgets. Total funding from the National Institutes of Health grew from around $8.2 million in 2007 to almost $11 million in 2012, and our portion of funding from the NIH's National Cancer Institute — considered the gold standard in cancer research — has grown three and a half-fold, going from $1.4 million to $4.9 million within the same time period.
Additionally, we've recently relocated a number of Tulane's cancer investigators, their laboratory teams, and our administrative unit to the new Louisiana Cancer Research Center, a ten-story, $102 million state-of-the-art facility near Tulane's downtown campus. In all, approximately 100 Tulane Cancer Center personnel will work in this new state-funded space. The building — and its potential —has helped us to recruit promising researchers from across the country, allowing us to build focused teams in key cancer research specialties, including prostate cancer, genetic instability, health disparities, circadian rhythm disruption and cancer drug discovery.
Although a significant percentage of Tulane's cancer research enterprise has relocated to the LCRC building, many cancer researchers and their teams remain at the Tulane University School of Medicine campus, at the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, at the Tulane National Primate Research Center, and at the main undergraduate campus Uptown. This is illustrative of the breadth of Tulane Cancer Center's impact throughout the University community.
Please use this opportunity to "meet" the Tulane faculty and staff committed to understanding cancer and to meeting the needs of our cancer patients and our community as a whole. Our website describes some of the research and clinical activities of our Cancer Center. We have also posted the educational activities and outreach services available to both the academic community and to the general public.
Should your "virtual visit" to the Tulane Cancer Center stimulate you to contact us in person, our faculty and staff can be reached by phone or e-mail (please see the Directory of Members/Contact Us pages). Or, please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-988-3068. We welcome your feedback.
Prescott Deininger, Ph.D.
Director, Tulane Cancer Center
The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation Chair in Oncology
Co-Director, Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium
The Tulane Cancer Center will be recognized nationally, regionally and locally as a center of discovery and translation, and as a leader in patient-focused, research-driven cancer care, thus enhancing Tulane University's stature among the nation's top academic medical centers and private research universities.
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