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Mesothelioma Researchers Funded Through Meso Foundation’s 2011/2012 Grants

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation announced last week that it has awarded $500,000 in grants to the “best and most promising” mesothelioma research projects for its 2011/2012 Mesothelioma Research Grant Awards.  Funding of these projects is critically important for helping researchers find new, effective treatments that could lead to a cure for the asbestos-caused cancer.  

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer primarily caused by exposure to airborne asbestos fibers.  Each year close to 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with the incurable cancer. While there is currently no known cure for the disease, many clinical trials and studies are underway that could offer hope to mesothelioma patients through discovery of new approaches to treat the disease, to develop procedures to detect the disease at an early stage and to find a cure.   

“This year we have awarded another half million dollars toward the search for a cure. Our mission to cure meso is clear and we won’t stop until it’s accomplished,” said Kathy Wiedemer, the executive director of the Meso Foundation.

This year’s funded mesothelioma projects are:

  • Tao Dao, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – TCR-like mAb specific for WT1 peptide/MHC complexes on mesothelioma
  • Assunta DeRienzo, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Identification of Novel Mutations in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma using Deep Whole-Genome Sequencing
  • Marc Ladanyi, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center – Frequent inactivation of BAP1 in mesothelioma: biology and new therapeutic opportunities
  • Liang-Chuan S Wang, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania – The Role of the IFN response in Chemosensitivity of Mesothelioma to Pemetrexed
  • Nadia Zaffaroni, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan, Italy – Identification and validation of miRNAs as novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets in diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma 

The five new grants will bring to 76 the total number of grants funded by the Meso Foundation.  The grants were selected from among 46 applications.  The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation instituted its grant funding program in 2000 and has since awarded over $7.6 million to critical research, stimulating the field of mesothelioma research and encouraging scientists to devote their life-work to this under-researched cancer.

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Nancy Meredith is a blog and web content writer with more than 20 years of professional experience in the Information Technology industry. She has been writing about Mesothelioma for 4 years. Follow Nancy on Google+

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