The University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center has been rated as "exceptional" by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) during a competitive research funding review by the government agency.
The Abramson Cancer Center, which is one of only 40 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, received the prestigious honor following scientific review and evaluation of essential features of a cancer center, including the high quality of cancer research, state-of-the art research and patient care facilities, experienced scientific leadership, and the level of collaboration and translation of science to innovative cancer care.
"This extraordinary accomplishment is further testimony to the outstanding research and patient care taking place at the Abramson Cancer Center," said Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of the School of Medicine. "This impressive result is an important validation of the Center's excellence and devotion to patients."
Abramson and other NCI-designated Cancer Centers are funded through the P30 Cancer Center Support Grant. These federal awards are given following a competitive, peer-review process that evaluates and ranks applications according to merit.