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
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
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
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
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