Picture This: Utah Center For Advanced Imaging Research Receives $1.8 Million Grant From Margolis Foundation

Picture This: Utah Center For Advanced Imaging Research Receives $1.8 Million Grant From Margolis Foundation

Nov 2, 2006 5:00 PM

The Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research (UCAIR) at the University of Utah has received a six-year, $1.8 million research grant from the Ben and Iris Margolis Foundation.

Margolis Foundation representatives will present the first of six $300,000 annual checks to UCAIR at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. The presentation takes place at the U of U Center for Advanced Medical Technology, 729 Arapeen Drive in Research Park.

The grant will provide key support for groundbreaking imaging research in areas such as breast cancer, according to Dennis L. Parker, Ph.D., UCAIR director and Mark H. Huntsman professor of radiology at the School of Medicine.

"The science of imaging is expanding by leaps and bounds," Parker said. "With this generous Margolis Foundation grant, UCAIR is poised to go forward with leading-edge research to help make imaging even more useful in diagnosing disease and illness."

Established in July 2002, UCAIR's mission is to help M.D. and Ph.D. researchers in the U radiology department and their collaborators make significant contributions to medicine through medical imaging research. The center has more than 20 Ph.D. and M.D. faculty members.

The Margolis Foundation was founded in 1979 specifically to fund medical research. Originally from San Diego, Ben and Iris Margolis retired in Utah and their foundation has funded research in AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, epilepsy, and bereavement.

The foundation now is directing research funds to the U of U College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and the Utah Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center.

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