Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at UI receives highest designation from NCI

Leaders of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa have announced the center has received its third renewal as a comprehensive cancer center from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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The designation is for a five-year period and includes $12,224,103 to support research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Being designated ‘comprehensive’ is the highest honor a cancer center can receive from the NCI,” said George Weiner, MD, director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Being re-designated for a third time is a reflection of the immense commitment our research and clinical teams have to reducing the burden of cancer for Iowans and beyond.”

NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized for their scientific leadership, depth and breadth of research in basic, clinical, and population science, and impact on their communities. There are fewer than 50 cancer centers designated as comprehensive in the nation. Holden is the only one in Iowa.

In its review, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center was reviewed by peers from around the nation and given an “outstanding” rating.

“This designation and grant speak to our excellence in cancer research, ability to move research advances to patients in the clinic and success in sharing the resulting progress with other cancer centers around the state and the nation,” Weiner says.

Learn more about Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.