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National Cancer Institute Awards Nearly $4M to University of new Mexico Cancer Center

Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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The awards support cancer nanotechnology partnership with Sandia Labs.

The National Cancer Institute recently announced two five-year awards totaling nearly $4 million for a partnership between the University of New Mexico Cancer Center and Sandia National Laboratories. One $1.95 million grant will fund the creation of a joint Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnership, and another $1.8 million grant will pay for a new Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center to train a new generation of multidisciplinary scientists.

In addition, the state of New Mexico is providing another $2 million to build a lab supporting Sandia Fellow and UNM professor Jeff Brinker’s research, which is devoted to nano-bio materials and nanomedicine. UNM donated more than 4,500 square feet of lab space in the new Centennial Engineering Building for the project, and construction is scheduled to begin December 2010.

“Sandia is proud to be a part of this important undertaking,” said Steve Rottler, chief technology officer and vice president of science and technology at Sandia Labs. “Pairing Sandia’s expertise in materials science with UNM Cancer Center researchers’ knowledge of cancer biology, oncology and clinical attributes provides an ideal setting in which to move forward in our nation’s fight against cancer.”

The awards comprise the second phase of the NCI’s Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer Program, which initiated an investment of more than $30 million per year for the next five years to establish Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence, Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnerships, training grants and the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory.

The Alliance was founded in 2004 to leverage specific advantages of nanotechnology to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Since then, the Alliance has led to the discovery of many novel technologies, some of which are currently undergoing commercialization and clinical trials.

“The UNM Cancer Center is honored to be the only institution to earn two of these distinguished awards,” said Dr. Cheryl Willman, director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center. “Partnering with Sandia Labs will allow us to expand our nanotechnology capabilities, as well as provide our students with a multidisciplinary educational experience.”

Brinker, who is co-principal investigator on the grant with Willman and a distinguished professor of chemical and nuclear engineering at UNM, used a Sandia-funded Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) grant to conduct preliminary research in nanofabrication. The nanostructures he developed form the basis for delivering drugs directly to a wide variety of cancer targets, a method that increases the drug’s effectiveness and reduces side effects.

“The technology I developed with now-Truman Fellow Carlee Ashley and UNM colleagues is really a generic platform to target any arbitrary cancer, so we’ve already written other proposals and are interacting with other cancer research centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, to go after low-outcome cancers like breast, lung, pancreatic, and liver,” Brinker said.

Brinker is also a team leader in the Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center, which is focused on training multidisciplinary scientists at both Sandia and UNM. One such student, Ashley, started working as an undergraduate student in Brinker’s lab in Sandia’s Advanced Materials Laboratory. Brinker then served as her graduate co-advisor with David Peabody of UNM, and Ashley recently earned one of Sandia’s prestigious Truman Fellowships.

“Carlee’s experience was the model for the training grant. Her work was used as the basis for what we’d like to do in the future,” Brinker said. “She went from biochemistry to training in my lab and then chemical engineering. That kind of interdisciplinary training is something that Sandia and UNM are actively encouraging.”


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