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UK Markey Cancer Foundation funds first professorship in neuroendocrine tumor research

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Foundation received a $1 million gift to create the world’s first distinguished professorship in neuroendocrine tumor (NET) research.

The Amanda W. Lockey Foundation gives the gift in support of UK Markey Cancer Center medical oncologist Lowell Anthony, M.D., a specialist in neuroendocrine tumor treatment. The distinguished professorship in NET research will support Anthony’s work by allowing him and his team to focus on clinical and translational research and the development of a radiotherapeutic program.

The professorship will support his team’s work on the UK College of Medicine and Markey Cancer Center’s Radiopharmaceutical Therapy Alliance (RPTA) which supports transdisciplinary collaborations related to radiation medicine science and clinical investigations, specifically through the Radiopharmaceutical Therapy Program (RPT). Anthony says this gift and his team’s efforts will make the UK Markey Cancer Center one of the elite RPT programs in the country.

Anthony was among the first oncologists to run clinical trials with RPT dating back to 1995. The revolutionary treatments being developed and tested by Anthony and his colleagues have been central in extending both the duration and quality of life in patients with neuroendocrine tumors, which can develop anywhere endocrine cells are present.

The gift is the second-largest given to the Markey Cancer Foundation from the Amanda W. Lockey Foundation in the last three years and comes as part of a campaign in support of the Markey Cancer Center’s application for obtaining National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Center status. This is the highest level of recognition a cancer center can receive.

A distinguished professorship is an endowed position, wherein the donated money is permanently invested and generates annual spending distributions in order to build permanent and sustainable funding, which is then used to support the goals and objectives of its named role. Endowed positions are highly coveted achievements and play a central role in retaining and attracting the highest level clinician-scientists and researchers.

To learn more about NET research being done at the Markey Cancer Center or for ways in which you can support the Markey Cancer Center’s drive for NCI Comprehensive status, please contact the Markey Cancer Foundation at [email protected].

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