Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, director of the Abramson Cancer Center, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story on the upcoming CURE funding case and the impact the decision will have on research dollars for Pennsylvania institutions – which stand to lose $40 million in funding for 2014. "The rug was pulled out from under us," Dang said. "They cut us dry, and now I'm out there trying to get donors." The tobacco funding stream has given research centers maximum flexibility, and has been vital to launching projects and sustaining long-term ones, doctors said in the article. On Friday, the commonwealth will make its case to restore the funding before a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge.
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