Washington University lands $11.5 million cancer research grant

Washington University in St. Louis has secured an $11.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance the university’s research of leukemia and other blood cancers.

The university is one of three academic centers in the U.S. to receive the grant, according to a university press release.

The grant aims to accelerate translational research, expediting the process of bringing new discoveries made by researchers into patient care, according to Dr. Daniel Link, a professor of medicine at the university.

Washington University has previously received this sort of grant — known as a Specialized Program in Research Excellence, or SPORE, grant — for research of blood cancers.

“We hope to build on the successes that came in the first five years of our original SPORE grant,” Link said in the release.

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