Astar Winoto, director of the Cancer Research Laboratory at UC Berkeley, said the research funding generated by the passage of the act would come at a time when federal funding - one of the main sources of grants for cancer research - is being deeply cut in a tight economy.
"National Cancer Institute funding is at the worst I have ever seen in 22 years," Winoto
said in an email.
"Combined with the severe cuts from the state, it has been very difficult to do cancer research as well as maintaining and operating facilities to support cancer research at Berkeley
According to Winoto
, the institute has dropped from funding the top 15 percent of grant requests in 2010 to funding only 7 percent of the requests currently.
, California Cancer Research Act
, California Taxpayers Association
, Cancer Research Laboratory
, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
, Don Perata, Lance Armstrong, Livestrong, Proposition 29, Stanton Glantz, UCSF