$7.5 million grant to support imaging program
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded a $7.5 million grant to the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science and the Vanderbilt- Ingram Cancer Center to establish a new imaging program.
The five-year grant will support the Vanderbilt In Vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Center (ICMIC), which will provide enhanced scientific and technical resources to develop innovative molecular imaging studies of cancer biology and to advance translational imaging research in cancer care. A special focus of the program will be to develop innovative imaging biomarkers that can be used to predict and measure whether patients respond to specific treatments.
“We are pleased to receive this award that will support our outstanding team of investigators from several disciplines, including leaders in imaging science, clinical oncology, molecular probe development and basic cancer sciences,” said John Gore, Ph.D., director of the Institute of Imaging Science and principal investigator for the new grant. “This grant recognizes the success of our multidisciplinary approach to medical research and the results of our institutional investments in imaging in recent years.”
The ICMIC will create several specialized resources, including an expanded small animal imaging core, a chemistry core, a radiochemistry core and a biostatistics core. The research will focus on the development of sensitive new imaging probes and allow researchers to assess how specific in vivo molecular signal transduction pathways, and physiologic changes caused by changes in these pathways, are modified by cancer and cancer therapy.