Big Ten schools create cancer consortium
|Kenneth Cowan, M.D.|
Leaders from the universities' cancer centers, including the University of Nebraska, kicked off the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium recently in Chicago. They are uniting to transform cancer research through collaborative oncology trials that leverage the scientific and clinical expertise of the Big Ten universities.
"UNMC is proud to be a part of this consortium which is rich in both scientific research expertise and superior clinical care for patients," said Ken Cowan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at UNMC. "From development of new, improved diagnostic tools to detect cancer earlier, to more effective therapies for treating each patient's specific tumor, the outcomes of this collaboration will be broad and sustainable, reaching patients not only in these Big Ten Cancer Centers, but nationwide."
The clinical trials that will be developed will be linked to molecular diagnostics, enabling researchers to understand what drives the cancers to grow and what might be done to stop them from growing.
"The consortium will allow our physicians more options for new treatments for all types of cancers available for patients in the region." Julie Vose, M.D.
Julie Vose, M.D.
"The consortium will allow our physicians more options for new treatments for all types of cancers available for patients in the region," said Julie M. Vose, M.D., Neumann M. and Mildred E. Harris Professor and chief of the UNMC Division of Hematology/Oncology.
"It also means that patients at the other cancer centers can participate in our clinical trials and our patients in other centers' clinical trials without having to travel for specific types of newer therapies and treatments."
The following universities and cancer centers comprise the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium:
- Indiana University (Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center)
- Northwestern University (Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center)
- Penn State University (Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute)
- Purdue University (Purdue University Center for Cancer Research)
- Rutgers University (Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey)
- University of Illinois (University of Illinois Cancer Center)
- University of Iowa (Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center)
- University of Michigan (University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center)
- University of Minnesota (Masonic Cancer Center)
- University of Nebraska (Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center)
- University of Wisconsin (Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center)