Cancer institute renews Roswell Park’s designation

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Roswell Park Cancer Institute will continue to be recognized as a national cancer center for the next five years.

Governor Andrew Cuomo was at Roswell Park Tuesday to announce that the National Cancer Institute renewed its designation of the Buffalo hospital, which it has had since 1974. It’s only one of 41 such centers in the country.

To receive the designation, a facility must demonstrate depth and breadth of research activities in laboratory, clinical and population-based research. A center also must provide outreach, education and information on cancer to the community it serves.

Hospital CEO Dr. Donald Trump says it’s a recognition of Roswell’s accomplishments.

“This renewal extends the Roswell Park record of continuous NCI designation for more than 40 consecutive years,” he said. “I think even more important though, is the fact that it’s a stamp of approval that’s internationally visible, by a committee of our peers, validated by the federal government, the National Cancer Institute, that Roswell Park is a terrific, an outstanding place.”

Roswell Park will receive a $19 million CORE Grant as part of the designation, which provides developmental funds to advance scientific goals and foster research in six specific research areas: genetics, genitourinary cancers, population sciences, cell stress and biophysical therapies, tumor immunology and immunotherapy, and experimental therapeutics.

Trump said, “It has assured the enhancement of our facility. We’ve been able to recruit scientists from across the country to Buffalo and we’ve developed new diagnostics, treatments, therapies and companies. There has never been a more exciting time in cancer research and cancer clinical care.”

New York State provides approximately $100 million in support to RPCI annually.

Governor Cuomo said, “There are very few places like Roswell on the planet and that really gave birth to the medical corridor, which is one of the engines, one of the big engines that is bringing back Buffalo.”

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