Moffitt, UF, Shands to partner against cancer


Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 4:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 4:26 p.m.

Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center will partner with the University of

Florida and Shands HealthCare in an innovative approach to cancer care.

The collaboration was announced at a news conference in UF's new

Cancer-Genetics Research Complex Wednesday afternoon.

"This is an effort to leverage and link the resources of three

world-class institutions," College of Medicine Dean Bruce Kone said.

Kone said that pilot projects would be "a natural extension of existing

faculty collaborations."

The alliance coincides with planning for the $388-million cancer hospital

being built by Shands HealthCare across Archer Road from Shands UF. It is

scheduled to open in 2009.

In an arrangement that Shands CEO Tim Goldfarb calls "additive, not

exclusive," cancer patients in the new hospital will gain access to

state-of-the-art therapies.

Moffitt is one of only 39 cancer centers nationwide that has been

designated as a comprehensive cancer care center by the National Cancer

Institute, or NCI. These centers are noted for cancer research, clinical

trials, prevention and cancer control efforts.

UF has sought to be designated an NCI center, as well.

Kone foresees the cooperative agreement with Moffitt allowing UF

researchers more opportunities for NCI grants for collaborative projects.

Under the agreement, the cancer program at Shands UF will be integrated

with Moffitt's Total Cancer Care model. Among the features of that model

are the development of a database of the latest clinical data and research

findings that oncologists can use to tailor cancer treatment to their

specific patients.

UF President Bernie Machen described Florida as "ground zero in the

battle against cancer."

Machen said, "This collaboration has the potential to have a major impact

on every Florida citizen, because cancer touches all of us."

On the Web:

Webcast of the news conference is available at

http://streaming.video.ufl.edu/~video/20080123-pressconference.asx.

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