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Klausner Requests Funds for Five Important 'Investment Opportunities' in Cancer Research

Klausner Requests Funds for Five Important 'Investment Opportunities' in Cancer Research

WASHINGTON--In an unusual budgetary maneuver, NCI director Richard
Klausner, MD, has asked Congress to give the Institute an added
$269.5 million in fiscal year 1998 to fund "extraordinary
opportunities for new investments" in the battle against
cancer.

As the request of Congress, NCI prepared a budget estimate and
a description of its research needs for fiscal years 1997 and
1998. Dr. Klausner publicly released the 80-page document last
month at a talk to the D.C. Science Writers Association.

In fiscal 1996, which ends Sept. 30, the NCI's budget totals $2.251
billion. The White House has asked Congress to give the institute
$2.281 billion for fiscal 1997.

Dr. Klausner's budget proposal for fiscal 1998 requests $2.702
billion. This includes $2.433 billion for what he calls a "maintenance
budget," aimed at keeping NCI activities at the same level,
plus an additional $269.5 million for five "investment opportunities"
in cancer genetics, preclinical cancer models, detection technologies,
developmental diagnostics, and investigator-initiated research.

The report sets goals for each of the five targeted areas (see
table).

Specific Milestones

The five "opportunity" areas emerged over the last 6
months from a series of meetings with scientists, educators, and
community leaders to discuss the state of cancer research, Dr.
Klausner said. "They had to be things we could describe in
terms of specific milestones we can achieve and not promises we
can't keep," he added.

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