SPORE and Program Project Grants

National Cancer Institute-funded Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE)


The University of Arizona Cancer Center is one of only six institutions nationwide to receive a GI SPORE. Originally funded in 2002, the GI SPORE was renewed in 2007 for another five years and funded at $12 million. Eugene W. Gerner, PhD, is the SPORE PI.

Lymphoma SPORE

The University of Arizona Cancer Center Lymphoma Research Consortium, in partnership with the University of Rochester James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, received a five-year, $11.5 million SPORE grant in 2008. These lead institutions will be collaborating with researchers from Virginia Commonwealth Massey Cancer Center. The highly competitive grant will fund translational research projects designed to quickly advance findings from the laboratory to clinical settings and improve care and find cures. Thomas P. Miller, MD, is co-principal investigator for the SPORE and director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center Lymphoma Program.

Program Project Grants

1. Center for Gamma Ray Imaging (5P41EB002035, P.I. Harrison H. Barrett, Ph.D.) (renewed in 2009) (Cancer Imaging Program

2. Chemoprevention of Skin Cancer Program Project Grant (5P01 CA 27502-28, P.I.: David S. Alberts, M.D & Tim Bowden, Ph.D.) (runs through 2016) (Cancer Prevention and Control Program)

3. Therapeutic Targeting of Hypoxic and Oxidative Stress (5P01 CA017094-33; P.I.: Robert Dorr, Ph.D.) (Renewed 2007) (Therapeutic Development Program)