Briefing Points to Need for Sustained Research Funding
Sustaining federal funding for cancer research would not only boost the economy but also lead to discoveries and developments that improve patient care.
U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, a member of the congressional cancer caucus who addressed the importance of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding on job growth and increased output of goods and services.
Also on hand were OSUCCC Director and James CEO Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, and Dick Woodruff, senior vice president of federal relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, who discussed the role research plays in driving discoveries and the ACS role in sustaining funding for investigators.
In addition, ACS grantee Metin Gurcan, PhD, from Ohio State’s Department of Bioinformatics, and Pierluigi Porcu, MD, of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Ohio State, presented their work in computer-aided clinical imaging for cutaneous lymphomas, work that is funded in part by a $29,402 grant from the ACS.
Porcu, Gurcan and Henry Wong, MD, PhD, of the Division of Dermatology at Ohio State, have formed a multidisciplinary team that brings together expertise in laboratory research, clinical trials, and computer-based image analysis. Their work with image analysis of cutaneous lymphomas shows how development of new technologies and laboratory discoveries can be quickly applied to address unsolved clinical questions.