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Cancer center falls short on reaching federal status

10 months 15 hours 45 minutes ago Tuesday, December 19 2017 Dec 19, 2017 December 19, 2017 7:02 AM December 19, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: Louisiana Cancer Research Center

BATON ROUGE- Fifteen years after its creation, a cancer center in New Orleans has received $237 million in state financing but still hasn't achieved a critical federal designation for research and training.

Those are the findings of a report released Monday by the Legislative Auditor's office about the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.

The center, created by lawmakers, is a consortium of the LSU Health Sciences Center, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, Xavier University and Ochsner Health System to conduct cancer research and education.

Auditors say the center is supposed to pursue designation as a National Cancer Institute, which would allow it to compete for broader federal funding opportunities. But the report says the center hasn't hired a director, doesn't have a strategic plan and seems to have competing interests among consortium members.

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