FAU receives over $600,000 for cancer research

The governor’s office announced funding Monday for several Florida research institutions.


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Ryan Lynch, Editor in Chief

For the second time in four days, Florida Atlantic has received a grant related to research funding. This time around, the money will fund a cancer research project conducted by the university.

According to a Monday press release from Governor Rick Scott’s office, there will be over $16 million awarded to various organizations across the state for research involving cancer and tobacco-related diseases.

The $622,683 grant, which came from the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program and the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program, comes on the heels of a nearly $200,000 award for Zika research that was given to FAU on Feb. 2.

After peer review, the grants were given to applicants out of a pool of 201 by the Florida Department of Health. According to the release, the funds will go toward researching the most common cancers, including lung, colon, breast and skin.

“These important projects not only help us discover more about how to prevent and treat these terrible diseases, but also keep world-class researchers in our state,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said. “We all know someone who has been impacted by cancer, and I am proud to continue working with our incredible research institutes as we fight to find a cure.”

The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, located in Tampa, Florida, was given the most funding among Florida organizations, receiving $7,162,380.

The University of Miami and University of Florida received $5,728,856 and $2,648,986 respectively. FAU received the second-smallest amount, while Florida A&M University was given $94,810.

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