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Roswell Park receives $10.2 million research grant

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a five-year $10.2 million grant to Roswell Park Cancer Institute to support its research in photodynamic therapy.

Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, which was developed at Roswell Park, uses red laser light to trigger a photosensitizing drug that collects in tumor cells. When activated by the laser, the drug kills the cancer cells.

This program project grant -- led by Barbara Henderson, professor of oncology and director of the PDT Center -- explores mechanisms and strategies for making PDT more effective in treating cancer.

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Corporate Ski Challenge scheduled for Friday

The sixth annual M&T Bank Corporate Ski Challenge will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Buffalo Ski Club's Sitzmarker Lodge, 7595 Lower East Hill Road, Colden. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Growth Foundation of Buffalo.

Skiers of all levels can compete in the Corporate Division, while experienced racers can compete on teams in the Racing Division. Pleasure skiers also may participate. Entry fees are $300 for teams of three, $125 for racers and $75 for noncompetitive skiers. Tickets include ski passes, lunch, a dinner buffet and entertainment.

More than 200 skiers took part in last year's challenge and raised more than $26,000. For information, call 844-7304 or visit www.buffaloskichallenge.com.

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Bulk trash collection to begin April 19

Buffalo sanitation crews will begin collecting bulk trash April 19.

The Public Works Department has scheduled spring collection weeks in each of the nine Common Council districts. Trash must be put out on Sunday of the designated week. Each property is limited to a pile of trash no more than 12 feet long, 3 feet high and 3 feet wide. Excessive amounts of trash are subject to a fine.

Bulk trash collections will occur in the following weeks in these Council districts:

South, April 19; Delaware, April 26; Lovejoy, May 3; North, May 10; Niagara, May 17; Ellicott, May 31; Masten, June 7; Fillmore, June 14; and University, June 21.

For more information, call the Mayor's 311 Call and Resolution Center.

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