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Washington: Faculty Lead New NIH-funded Center to Improve Fight Against Cancer

Even successful methods for diagnosing, treating and caring for people who are suffering from cancer are not enough without effective, practical tools and guidance for putting those methods into practice.

To bridge this gap between cancer interventions and their implementation within communities across the country, the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) is funding the creation of six implementation science centers focused on cancer control. The creation of these centers are part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cancer Moonshot initiative to make more therapies available and improve prevention and detection. One of the six centers will be at the University of Washington and led by faculty members of the University of Washington School of Public Health.

The UW’s center — titled the Optimizing Implementation in Cancer Control Center — was awarded a five-year, $4.78 million grant from the (NCI). Dr. Bryan Weiner, project lead and professor of global health and health services at the UW Schools of Public Health and Medicine, said: “We have proven health interventions that could significantly reduce the burden of cancer for the 15 million people in the United States who will be diagnosed with cancer over the next decade. However, these interventions have to be implemented — and implemented well — for patients and community members to benefit from them. Unfortunately, health care delivery systems often underperform in implementation.”

Co-principal investigator Dr. Peggy Hannon is a professor of health services in the UW School of Public Health. The new center is a strategic collaboration of the UW, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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