Grants, State Funding Support Growth of WSU Cancer Center

PULLMAN, Wash. — The American Cancer Society has renewed its
Institutional Research Grant for cancer research at Washington State
University for another four years, beginning July 1.

The $120,000 grant will be split between two new faculty members in each of
the next four years, at $20,000 each, to encourage them to do research in
cancer, according to Nancy Magnuson, WSU professor of molecular

“The grant is essentially for new faculty who do not have outside grant
support,” said Magnuson, a cancer researcher and a member of the board of
directors of the Spokane chapter of the ACS.

“WSU has had this grant since the mid-1970s, and it has helped establish a
growing core of active cancer researchers here,” Magnuson said.

Cancer researchers from a variety of different disciplines, such as
biochemistry, chemistry, engineering and pharmacy, share information through
WSU’s Cancer Prevention and Research Center, based in the College of

The 2000 Washington legislature appropriated $450,000 to the CPRC. The
funding will help further establish the center in Spokane and involve it in
clinical research.

The CPRC will hire an associate director who will coordinate the involvement
of the public in clinical research, according to Gary Meadows, director of the
center and a WSU pharmacy professor. “We will be able to make new and
experimental cancer therapies available to residents of the Inland Northwest,”
Meadows said.

The CPRC was instrumental in organizing and sponsoring a regional cancer
conference last fall in Spokane. This year, the Inland Northwest Cancer
Conference is scheduled for Nov. 3-4 in Spokane and will offer continuing
education credits to pharmacists, physicians, nurses and other health

More information is available from WSU Conferences and Professional
Programs, 800/942-4978 or 509/335-3530, or by e-mail, .