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Weekly Wisdom from Kauffman: Immigrant scientists help to improve cancer survival rates

Christina Hernandez Sherwood, eMed Editor, MedCity News

With immigrants in more than 40 percent of the cancer researcher slots at America’s top cancer institutes, these scientists are playing an integral role in improving cancer survival rates in the United States, according to a Kauffman Foundation-funded National Foundation for American Policy report released last month.

The Contributions of Immigrants to Cancer Research in America” analyzed the biographies of about 1,500 cancer researchers at top cancer institutes. It showed how cancer researchers often wait years for permanent residence and stressed the importance of allowing immigrant cancer researchers access to additional green cards in future immigration legislation.

Weekly Wisdom from Kauffman is a regular feature on eMed highlighting insightful research from the Kauffman Foundation. Do you have a favorite Kauffman research insight that could help life science entrepreneurs? Send it to mailto:emededitor@kauffman.org.

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