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

Biomedical Research Section

The Legislature established the following goals: 

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.

Researchers at any university or research institute in the state are eligible to apply.