Stock photo via GraphicStock.
Stock photo via GraphicStock.

City of Hope announced Thursday that the National Cancer Institute has awarded more than $12 million to the hospital’s California Teachers Study.

The California Teacher’s Study consists of about 133,000 current and former public school teachers or administrators who agreed in 1995 to have their health and lifestyle tracked to help understand why teachers historically have had higher rates of breast cancer.

The five-year grant will help fund the use of cloud-based data management and technology to conduct large-scale population cancer research resulting from a collaboration between City of Hope and USC, UC Irvine and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California.

“I’m thrilled that the NCI has funded us to take on this ambitious project,” said Dr. James Lacey Jr., the study’s lead principal investigator. “On one hand, it’s a testament to the (study) that we’ve been able to successfully use the same methods for so long. On the other hand, there’s a growing recognition that epidemiology must find better ways to utilize new technologies so that we can improve the study and the participants’ experience overall.”

Secure cloud computing will give all researchers on-demand access to all study data collected over the past 20 years, according to City of Hope, which said study participants will share their findings with the broader research community.

The project also has added the Health Cyberinfrastructure Division of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego.

The center is being awarded about $4 million to assist in the consolidation of study data and will design, build and implement a data management platform within its Sherlock Cloud infrastructure.

City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

–City News Service

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