The University of New Mexico’s Cancer Center and Sandia National Laboratories have received nearly $4 million in grants to research how nanotechnology can be used to prevent and treat cancer.
The grants, awarded by the National Cancer Institute, will be used to build a 4,500-square-foot Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center on the UNM campus. Construction is scheduled to begin in December.
One $1.95 million grant will fund the creation of a joint cancer nanotechnology platform partnership between UNM and Sandia, the Cancer Center said. A second $1.8 million grant will be used to build the training center.
“The UNM Cancer Center is the only institution in the nation to receive two distinguished nanotechnology awards from the National Cancer Institute,” said Cancer Center Director and CEO Cheryl Willman.
“We are thrilled to work closely with Sandia National Labs to help develop new and innovative cancer diagnosis and treatment methods for many types of cancer through the use of nanotechnology. In addition, we will educate future physicians and scientists on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to cancer research based on this partnership.”
In addition to the grants, the state of New Mexico is providing $2 million to build a lab to support the nanotechnology research of UNM professor Jeff Brinker. His research is devoted to nano-bio materials and nanomedicine.
The National Cancer Institute will spend $30 million a year for the next five years to establish centers of cancer nanotechnology excellence throughout the U.S.