UAB gets grant for cancer research

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The National Institutes of Health has given the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Comprehensive Cancer Center an $11.5 million grant for cervical cancer research.

Dr. Edward Partridge, director of the cancer center, says four potential vaccines against the human papillomavirus - the cause of most cervical cancer - will be tested under the five-year grant.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Colorado at Boulder also will be involved. Partridge says most of the research will be done at UAB.

Partridge says one of the vaccines to be tested is one that is potentially low-cost and stable at room temperature, which would help to vaccinate women in villages around the world.

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