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- Children’s and Families’ Research Expansion
When The Primary Children’s & Families’ Cancer Research Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute opens its doors on a 220,000 sq. ft. expansion in spring 2017, the combined research space with that of its flagship, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) will be almost one mile of linear research bench space.
This new addition will be named in honor of one of the principal donors of the expansion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and reflects the LDS church’s historical emphasis on children and families.
Research within the new space will hone in on childhood cancers – including the three leading causes of disease death in children: leukemia, sarcoma, and brain cancer, as well as inherited forms of cancer that can ravage entire families. This research will be facilitated and enhanced by a Biotechnology Center with the latest advanced genetic sequencing and imaging equipment.
“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, PhD, 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.”