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New funding, new leadership
for S.A. Cancer Institute


May 2004

The San Antonio Cancer Institute (SACI) is celebrating record growth and achievement, increased funding, a new leader and a promise of new hope for cancer victims. David H. Boldt, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of the hematology division in the department of medicine at the Health Science Center since 1985, has been named SACI interim director.

The San Antonio Cancer Institute, a joint initiative of the Health Science Center and the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC), supports innovative cancer research by funding 14 core laboratories. The SACIís research programs target cancer spread, geriatric oncology, experimental therapeutics, cancer prevention and health promotion, and the cell biology of cancer, including tumor suppressor genes, DNA repair and cell signaling.

Dr. Boldt said this is an exciting time for the SACI. He pointed out that the new organization and resources, along with the Health Science Centerís Childrenís Cancer Research Institute, are providing impetus to develop new programs such as a new research program in hematological malignancies - a cooperative endeavor among the SACI, the Childrenís Cancer Research Institute, the Health Science Center departments of medicine and pathology, and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.

The SACI, which now has 158 members including full-time faculty, clinical faculty and community physicians, is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center, one of only two such cancer centers in Texas and 61 in the nation to hold NCI designation. SACI members have more than $61 million in extramural peer-reviewed cancer research funding, of which about two-thirds is from the NCI.

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