New funding for cancer research announced

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist., announced that the National Cancer Institute has awarded $2,822,506 to the University of Kansas Cancer Center to support research.

Last month the center was officially designated as a “comprehensive” cancer center by the National Cancer Institute, the highest level of recognition awarded by the NCI.

“The University of Kansas Cancer Center has long been a leader in our region for health and cancer research,” Rep. Davids said. “The new NCI distinction will enable their world-class scientists to continue making inroads in cancer research, saving lives in the 3rd District and around the world. I want to congratulate them on this new designation and thank them for their tireless efforts.”

“Thanks to the Cancer Center Support Grant, The University of Kansas Cancer Center may continue to grow its research programs and shared resources, which will lead to a better understanding of how to prevent and treat cancer more effectively,” said Dr. Roy Jensen, vice chancellor and director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center. “The additional funding also helps the cancer center grow and retain our team of researchers and physician-scientists, convening the brightest minds in science and medicine.”

Earlier this year, Rep. Davids visited the KU Cancer Center to celebrate the passage of her funding request for a new imaging machine to advance cutting-edge cancer research and treatment in Kansas. This project was one of eight federally funded projects in the Kansas 3rd District successfully secured by Rep. Davids.

  • Story from Rep. Davids’ office