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Research on Cancer and Tobacco-related Diseases

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The Florida Department of Health administers two grant funding programs that fund research on cancer and tobacco-related diseases in the state:

William G."Bill" Bankhead, Jr., and David Coley Cancer Research Program

The James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program

Researchers at any university or research institute in the state are eligible to apply.  A Biomedical Research Advisory Council advises the State Surgeon General as to the direction and scope of the biomedical research program and the cancer research program.

William G. "Bill" Bankhead, Jr., and David Coley Cancer Research Program

The program provides grants for cancer research to further the search for cures for cancer. The Legislature established the following goals, as those goals support the advancement of such cures:

Expand cancer research capacity in the state by:

  • Identifying ways to attract new research talent and attendant national grant-producing researchers to cancer research facilities in this state;
  • Implementing a peer-reviewed, competitive process to identify and fund the best proposals to expand cancer research institutes in this state;
  • Funding through available resources for those proposals that demonstrate the greatest opportunity to attract federal research grants and private financial support;
  • Encouraging the employment of bioinformatics in order to create a cancer informatics infrastructure that enhances information and resource exchange and integration through researchers working in diverse disciplines, to facilitate the full spectrum of cancer investigations;
  • Facilitating the technical coordination, business development, and support of intellectual property as it relates to the advancement of cancer research; and
  • Aiding in other multidisciplinary research-support activities as they inure to the advancementof cancer research.

Improve both research and treatment through greater participation in clinical trials networks by:

  • Identifying ways to increase adult enrollment in cancer clinical trials;
  • Supporting public and private professional education programs designed to increase the awareness and knowledge about cancer clinical trials;
  • Providing tools to cancer patients and community-based oncologists to aid in the identification of cancer clinical trials available in the state; and
  • Creating opportunities for the state's academic cancer centers to collaborate with community-based oncologists in cancer clinical trials networks.
  • Reduce the impact of cancer on disparate groups by:
    • Identifying those cancers that disproportionately impact certain demographic groups; and
    • Building collaborations designed to reduce health disparities as they relate to cancer.

The James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program

This program funds researchon tobacco-related diseases.  Grants are awarded based on competitive peer review. The Legislature has established the following goals:

  • Improve the health of Floridians by researching better prevention, diagnoses, treatments, and cures for cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and pulmonary disease.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stimulate economic activity in the state in areas related to biomedical research, such as the research and production of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices.