08 - 22 - 2012 State grants $4M C.U.R.E. Program funds to Geisinger
LEWISTOWN - The Pennsylvania Department of Health presented nearly $4 million to the Geisinger Health Clinic in Lewistown on Aug. 22 as part of the Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program, or C.U.R.E. The money is made up of two grants that will be used to fund current research projects focused on cancer treatment and abdominal aneurysms. The C.U.R.E. program funds health research with the purpose of discovering new scientific knowledge to help improve the health of all Pennsylvanians. The distribution of the grants is determined based on specific research priorities established and reviewed by the Department of Health in conjunction with the Health Research Advisory Committee, a panel made up of universities and research institutes. The first project, for Abdominal Aneurysm, received just under 3 million in funds. The project uses knowledge of genetic risk factors to improve screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm which is in the 20 leading causes of death in America. The second project, for throat Cancer, received $1 million of the funds. This project is dedicated to developing a test that predicts the risk of developing cancer in patients with chronic reflux disease.