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Posted on Fri, Apr 9, 2010 : 4:43 p.m.

University of Michigan Medical School to receive $63 million grant for cancer research

By Tina Reed

An institute headquartered at the University of Michigan Medical School will receive more than $63 million to help fund the organization of large-scale oncology clinical trials.

The Southwest Oncology Group - a network that helps facilitate partnerships among cancer researchers around the world and organizes large-scale clinical trials - will receive the money over the next six years through the National Institutes of Health. The Southwest Oncology Group, or SWOG, has 500 partner institutions around the world and is one of the largest cancer clinical trial organizations.

It is the largest grant ever received by U-M's Medical School.

Among the top multi-year grants previously earned by U-M medical researchers:

• Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research for $49.9 million

• University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Support Grant for $29.5 million.

• Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Network: Clinical Coordinating Center for $25.5 million.

Just last year, the medical school had a record year for earning funds from the NIH. In fiscal year 2009, U-M researchers earned more than 800 awards totaling more than $366 million in funding from the NIH. In total, they earned more than $435 million from all sources.

That places U-M's medical school among the top 10 medical schools in NIH grants awarded in 2009. Johns Hopkins was the top recipient of NIH awards, with 968 awards totaling more than $505 million in funding.

Tina Reed covers health and the environment for You can reach her at, call her at 734-623-2535 or find her on Twitter @TreedinAA.



Sat, Apr 10, 2010 : 12:14 p.m.

Congradulations! One up here in Ann Arbor! Your friend, Dawn