Cancer inflicts a devastating toll on Florida residents. Florida ranks second in the nation in terms of cancer incidence and mortality, with 117,000 newly diagnosed cases each year, and as the state’s population continues to rise, projections suggest that it will become No. 1. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Florida, second only to cardiovascular disease, and it surpasses heart disease, stroke and unintentional injuries in terms of potential life years lost. Moreover, cancer constitutes an economic burden on Floridians with approximately $4 billion in hospital charges for in-patient hospital care in which cancer is the primary diagnosis.
The Florida Academic Cancer Center Alliance was created to address this challenge to the state. Our goal is to expedite innovation in the area of cancer research throughout the State of Florida and maximize state investments in biomedical technology and research. The alliance encourages and promotes collaborative research conducted by researchers at its partnering institutions — the Moffitt Cancer Center, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UF Health Cancer Center — and supports workshops and meetings to encourage the exchange of information and networking among researchers. The alliance accepts applications and awards grants for a wide variety of cancer-related research by researchers located at one of the three partnering institutions, and all alliance-funded research will be conducted by Florida-based scientists and will reflect our mission to attract and expand the state’s research capabilities to address the public health challenges of cancer.
The goals of the Florida Academic Cancer Center Alliance are to:
- Support broadly based, multidisciplinary research programs with well-defined major objectives or themes;
- Create synergies and collaborations between UF, UM and Moffitt cancer researchers;
- Stimulate applications for future program-type federal or national extramural funding;
- Address research questions that can only be accomplished through collaborations, networks and consortia.