The American Cancer Society, the largest non-government, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, awarded a $138,000 research grant to Sarah Hutchinson at the Huntsman Cancer Institute Friday.

Hutchinson's research project will focus on the development and treatment of T cells in acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

The society currently funds 22 research grants in Utah, totaling more than $5 million. All 22 are at the University of Utah, including Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Since they began funding Utah research in 1946, they've given more than 300 grants totalling more than $300 million dollars. This year's other grantees are Tatjana Piotrowski and Dean Tantin.

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