UK adminstrators say proposed Markey Cancer Research Center would benefit Kentuckians

01/29/2015 05:42 PM

Senate President Robert Stivers has recommended that the legislature look at opening up the budget this session, in a non-budget year, to fund part of the cost of a new proposed $265 million research center for the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center.

The university is looking for the state to partner with the university by providing $12 million in recurring funds to cover the debt of building a new facility over the course of 20 years.

While it’s rare that the legislature breaks open the piggy bank during a non-budget year, UK administrators say that an investment in the research center at this time would be money well spent for the commonwealth and its citizens.

“We can make death a beggar in Kentucky and that’s why we need a research building,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We’re out of space.”

Teresa Fan, Professor of Toxicology & Cancer Biology, says that the new facility would allow researchers to zero in on two of Kentucky’s most prevalent diseases, lung cancer and breast cancer.

“Lung cancer, in particular, because the incidence in mortality rate leads the nation by a big margin, particularly the Appalachian population,” Fan said. “And for Kentucky, I think this is important because lung cancer treatment requires a huge cost and also a loss of productivity.”

The Markey Cancer Center already teams up with eight affiliate hospitals around the area. For more information on Markey click here to be directed to their website.


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