U of L has completed its application and plans to apply for this designation for its James Graham Brown Cancer Center within the next year. Such a designation will help the university offer the latest cancer treatments, receive extra research funding and become a stronger catalyst for economic development in the region.
The cancer center already is achieving national attention for its efforts. Cancer center researchers have isolated embryonic-like stem cells, which may alter stem cell research, and have helped develop the world's first vaccine against cervical cancer. A five-year fundraising campaign for the cancer center, “Finding Answers to Cancer,” surpassed its $40 million goal in just 18 months and will continue through the end of 2008. More than 4,800 people, corporations and foundations have contributed.