Big Ten Universities Form Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium

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INDIANAPOLIS, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In athletics, the Big Ten universities compete against each other but now many will join together against a common foe — cancer.

Leaders from the universities’ cancer centers will kick-off the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium on June 1 in Chicago. They are uniting to transform cancer research through collaborative oncology trials that leverage the scientific and clinical expertise of the Big Ten universities.

“Tremendous strengths exist in the cancer centers of the Big Ten,” said Patrick J. Loehrer Sr., M.D., director of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. “This is a rare opportunity for the universities to work together as part of a regional team science initiative to advance cancer research. The advantage of this, particularly during a time of austerity for research, is that we can build upon the strengths of the institutions and fortify some of the shortcomings. This allows us to be lean, efficient, but most importantly, collaborative.”

Steven T. Rosen, M.D., director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, added: “By uniting to transform cancer research through collaborative oncology trials, we will be able to leverage the scientific and clinical expertise of the Big Ten Universities. The consortium will benefit patients because researchers will work together to turn ideas into potential new treatments. I view this as the beginning of a broad spectrum of potential research, training and care initiatives that will benefit our patients and society.”

The clinical trials that will be developed will be linked to molecular diagnostics, enabling researchers to understand what drives the cancers to grow and what might be done to stop them from growing.

Also, the consortium forms a powerful collaboration because of the impact each university…Read more

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