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Cleveland Clinic Awarded $2 Million in Stimulus Funds for Cancer Research Lab Renovation

Grant from National Institutes of Health to Result in New Jobs, More Research

4/22/10

The Taussig Cancer Institute at Cleveland Clinic has been awarded more than $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for the renovation and expansion of its translational cancer research facilities. The National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health, awarded the grant, which will create 17 new jobs.

The project involves the renovation of the original 3,600 square feet of laboratory space built on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus in 1928. The historic space was last renovated in the 1950s, and its use has diminished in recent decades due to the availability of new, more state-of-the-art facilities.

The renovation will include modernizing the space to meet current research laboratory standards, creating a shared instrumentation room that will free up an additional 500 square feet to allow for more bench research, and installing major, fixed research equipment. The expanded lab area will also allow for the recruitment of up to four new independent researchers, along with 12 new technical support positions and one administrative assistant position.

“The expansion of our translational cancer research capabilities is essential to the mission of the Taussig Cancer Institute,” said Chairman Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD. “This award will allow us to continue to bring the latest research straight from the lab to the bedside to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.”

Currently, 42 scientists and technicians along with six administrative staff members occupy the available laboratory space in the Taussig Cancer Institute, which is at capacity.

About Taussig Cancer Institute

The Taussig Cancer Institute is one of 26 institutes at Cleveland Clinic that group multiple specialties together to provide collaborative, patient-centered care. More than 250 cancer specialists annually serve 26,000 cancer patients, applying the most effective techniques to achieve long-term survival and improved quality of life. Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit, multispecialty academic medical center. Founded in 1921, it is dedicated to providing quality specialized care and includes an outpatient clinic, a hospital with more than 1,000 staffed beds, an education institute and a research institute.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 7,600 nurses at Cleveland Clinic represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates nine community hospitals in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and Cleveland Clinic Canada. In 2008, there were more than 4.2 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 165,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries.

Media Contact:

Megan Ferington Pruce, 216.445.7452, prucem@ccf.org