In 2009 the CRF pledged to give the University of Chicago $3 million dollars over the next three years to kick off a six-part, systems biology-based interdisciplinary attack on therapy-based Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a secondary cancer that strikes 8 to 10% of cancer survivors. The five year program will include high-throughput genomic screening, work in blood stem cells, clinical trials and high-level informatics, all focused on the same disease and pursued at the same time in a coordinated manner. While the primary goal of this project is to find answers surrounding this terrible disease, the hope is that by applying a systems-based approach to cancer research, the project will be able to change the way that cancer science is pursued.

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