UND, NDSU, the University of South Dakota and a consortium of hospitals in the Dakotas have received a $20.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The grant is to help counter high rates of certain cancers in this region. It is a 5-year grant.

UND medical school associate dean Marc Basson is the principal investigator for the grant. He said it was important to have the hospitals be a part of this – because there often is a gap between research and how it translates to patient care.

'Cancer Day' at the Legislature

Feb 11, 2015

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network is holding a “lobbying day” at the state Capitol.

"What we do is make cancer a top priority in state and local governments, as well as the federal government," said Kim Kuhlmann, the North Dakota grassroots manager for the Cancer Action Network. She and the other volunteers are targeting a couple of big issues. One is a bill to make sure insurance companies treat oral chemotherapy treatments the same as traditional chemotherapy.