NCI awards Hutchinson Center to coordinate cancer and obesity consortium
December 29, 2019
Under Thornquist's direction the coordinating center will support communication, collaboration, and data sharing and analysis among four TREC research centers and the NCI. He has led the coordinating center since 2005, when the NCI launched the TREC initiative with $54 million in initial funding, including $5.3 million to the Hutchinson Center to establish the coordinating hub.
"NCI is very concerned about the epidemic of obesity and its implications for cancer," said Robert Croyle, Ph.D., director of the NCI's division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. "This investment reflects the urgency of the problem and the need to accelerate scientific progress to inform cancer-control strategies."
The American Cancer Society estimates that about 30 percent of cancer deaths are due to poor nutrition, excess weight and lack of exercise. "This consortium will aim to understand the link between cancer and obesity at a fundamental, biologic level," Thornquist said.
Source: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center