Thursday, August 5, 2010

OMHS, U of L receive Funding for Researcher in Plant Therapeutics

The Owensboro Cancer Research Program will be receiving more than $4 million in funds from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and Kentucky's Bucks for Brains program to expand research faculty in plant made pharmaceuticals.

The University of Louisville announced Thursday morning that it received a $3.15 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to support the UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center and cancer research taking place in Owensboro. That grant will be paired with the state funding to total $4.5 million for the Owensboro Cancer Research Program, according to a UofL press release.

"This funding will continue to support Owensboro's efforts to be the world center of plant therapeutics used in the treatment of diseases like cancer and HIV," said U of L president Jim Ramsey at a news conference in Owensboro. "The funding from the Helmsley Trust and Bucks for Brains will enable U of L to leverage the world's best talent in the plant pharmaceutical industry in Owensboro, Kentucky."

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