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UC Wins Two Cancer Grants

Published June 2010

Two UC scientists have been awarded a total of $1.44 million in grant funding from the American Cancer Society to further their study of the causes and treatment of cancer.

The two $720,000 grants go into effect July 1, 2010, and continue for four years.

Yana Zavros, PhD, an assistant professor of molecular and cellular physiology, is studying how chronic infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori causes gastric cancer (also known as stomach cancer).

The award will support projects investigating biological changes to the cells lining the stomach to better understand how those changes promote tumor initiation and growth.

Kathryn Wikenheiser-Brokamp, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UC and a researcher in the divisions of pathology and laboratory medicine, and pulmonary biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is studying the retinoblastoma (Rb) protein family’s role in the development of cancerous lung tissue.

In 2009, UC received more than $1.1 million in research funding from the American Cancer Society, including $30,000 from the Ohio chapter.

Read more about this story at healthnews.uc.edu.

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