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NDSU awarded $2M to establish pancreatic cancer center

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FARGO — North Dakota State University has received a $2 million grant to establish a center to study pancreatic cancer, members of the North Dakota congressional delegation announced Wednesday.

The federal grant comes from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and is the first award in what is expected to be a five-year project, Sen. John Hoeven said in a news release.

The Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies in Pancreatic Cancer will be in NDSU's department of pharmaceutical sciences, Hoeven's release said.

"This significant federal funding will allow NDSU pharmaceutical sciences researchers to advance cutting-edge science, which will help the medical community improve diagnosis and therapies for pancreatic cancer down the road," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said in a news release.

The funds will go toward pharmacology, physiology and biological chemistry research, Rep. Kevin Cramer said in a news release.

Grace Lyden

Grace Lyden is the higher education reporter for The Forum. Previously, she interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, after graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2014. She welcomes story ideas via email or phone. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to

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