Grant will help UCLA build center to study oral cancer

The School of Dentistry at the University of California at Los Angeles has received a $5,073,075 federal grant to help pay for construction of a facility for conducting research into oral cancer.

The funding from the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Research Resource, which was part of a federal economic stimulus package enacted earlier in 2009, will enable the university to establish the UCLA Yip Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology Research. Outdated laboratories within UCLA's dental school building will be demolished, and the space will be converted into a 6,660-square-foot facility where students and faculty can conduct research in the biology, detection and treatment of oral cancer.

The center will include an open wet laboratory, a central core support facility and a conference room. The new lab will be designed specifically for state-of-the-art genomics and proteomics research. Officials estimate the Yip Center will be completed in 2013.

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