CANCER CENTER ADMINISTRATION - ABSTRACT Administration at the Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) provides support to the Cancer Center leadership, Research Program and Shared Resource infrastructure, KCI membership, and staff by providing services aimed at relieving the administrative burden associated with research. Administration contributes to the mission of the Cancer Center by providing efficient management of resources, facilitating key internal and external scientific meetings, strategic planning, and developing useful metrics to aid in the decision making of KCI senior leadership. Mr. Evano Piasentin, Associate Center Director for Research Administration, leads an experienced administrative team. Administration supports 135 scientific members across four research Programs and nine Shared Resources (including one under development). Additionally, Administration manages extramural funding of $63 million (annual direct costs), KCI?s annual research budget of $21 million, and coordinated internal pilot funding of more than $2 million since the last renewal. Notable achievements during the past funding period include a restructuring of the administrative office to capitalize on the unique skills of staff and provide a more efficient and dynamic environment to meet the needs of the Cancer Center. Additionally, Administration supported the planning, process, and development of a new strategic plan through organization of strategic planning retreats convening stakeholders from various disciplines across KCI. The strategic plan is centered on five priority areas: immunology and immunotherapy, cancer metabolism and metabolomics, biology of cancer health disparities, addressing multilevel determinants of risk and survivorship, and increasing interventional research to reduce disparities. Administration continues to implement significant upgrades to the Research Administration Application (RAA), a homegrown repository of CCSG data for KCI. With respect to space management, Administration managed a relocation of basic science laboratories from the outdated Prentis Cancer Research Building to the renovated Elliman Research Building. Finally, Administration played a central role in the development of several large, multi-PI project grants leading to the first-ever funded SPORE grant at KCI; The Michigan Prostate SPORE (P50CA186786).

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