Thursday, October 18, 2001

Ky. researchers share $3.8M in grants




The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — Twenty researchers from the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville received $3.8 million in state grants Wednesday for lung cancer projects.

        All should be strong candidates for federal funding as well, Dr. Donald Miller, director of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center, said during a ceremony at the Capitol.

        The money is from Kentucky's share of what tobacco companies are paying in a national settlement of state lawsuits to recoup the costs of treating smokers.

        Dr. Miller and Dr. Alfred Cohen, director of the Markey Cancer Center at UK, will help oversee the 20 grants.

        Each university had 10 grant winners, which Dr. Cohen said was “totally coincidental.” They were chosen from among 54 applicants, he said.

        Eight of the projects are fully funded at about $100,000 per year for two years. The rest are partially funded at about $75,000 per year. They cover a wide range of topics in cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

        Reviews of each project at the end of two years will determine whether funding continues for a third year, Dr. Cohen and Dr. Miller said.

        No single project hinges on another, but the researchers typically confer and share ideas, Dr. Miller said. “None of these people work in a vacuum,” he said.

       



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