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Public Health Research

Biomedical Research Section

Biomedical Research Grant Funding Programs: Return on Public Investment Spring 2017

The Unit administers the following programs and initiatives:

Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program: The William B. “Bill” Bankhead, Jr., and David Coley Cancer Research Program (hereafter referred to as “the Program”) is established in section 381.922, Florida Statutes. The Florida Legislature specified the purpose of the Program is to advance progress toward cures for cancer through grants awarded through a peer-reviewed, competitive process. The Program shall provide grants for cancer research to further the search for cures for cancer, by pursuing the following goals:

  1. Significantly expand cancer research capacity in Florida.
  2. Improve both research and treatment through greater participation in clinical trials networks.
  3. Reduce the impact of cancer on disparate groups.

James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program: The James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program (hereafter referred to as the “Program”), is established in section 215.5602, Florida Statutes. The purpose of the Program is to support research initiatives that address the health care problems of Floridians in the areas of tobacco-related cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and pulmonary disease, by pursuing the following goals:

  1. Improve the health of Floridians by researching better prevention, diagnoses, treatments, and cures for cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and pulmonary disease.
  2. Expand the foundation of biomedical knowledge relating to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of diseases related to tobacco use, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and pulmonary disease.
  3. Improve the quality of the state’s academic health centers by bringing the advances of biomedical research into the training of physicians and other health care providers.
  4. Increase the state’s per capita funding for research by undertaking new initiatives in public health and biomedical research that will attract additional funding from outside the state.
  5. Stimulate economic activity in the state in areas related to biomedical research, such as the research and production of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices.

Ed and Ethel Moores Alzheimer's Disease Research Program:The Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program (hereafter referred to as the “Program”), is established in section 381.82, Florida Statutes. The purpose of the Program is to fund research leading to prevention of, or a cure for, Alzheimer’s disease by pursuing the following goals:

  1. Improve the health of Floridians by researching better prevention and diagnoses of, and treatments and cures for, Alzheimer’s disease.
  2. Expand the foundation of knowledge relating to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. Stimulate economic activity in Florida in areas related to Alzheimer’s disease research.

The Human Research Protection Program (IRB), including a committee called an Institutional Review Board that ensures research is ethical and that participants in all research at the Department of Health are protected.

Cancer Center of Excellence Award  is a program created in the 2013 Session intended to improve the quality of cancer care by recognizing hospitals, treatment centers, and other providers in this state which demonstrate excellence in patient-centered coordinated care for persons undergoing cancer treatment and therapy in this state.

The Florida System for Cancer Research and Collaboration , an initiative designed to develop a premier research network in Florida, make Florida the designation for cancer care, and integrate public health and private sector cancer prevention efforts.