Navigation Links
UH receives $990K grant to enhance cancer research facilities
Date:11/8/2011

HOUSTON, Nov. 8, 2011 Thanks to almost $1 million in new funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the University of Houston (UH) will soon be enhancing its cancer research facilities.

The $990,286 grant will be applied toward the purchase and installation of an advanced imaging system for in-depth monitoring of tumor growth and cancer progression. With access to the latest in imaging technology, researchers from the Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling (CNRCS) will study the interactions of tumors in local tissue environments and develop a better understanding of the progression of cancer cells.

"This state-of-the-art equipment provides us with a broader range of research applications that will hopefully result in more effective treatments for cancer patients," said CNRCS director Dr. Jan-ke Gustafsson, who is the principal investigator on this grant. "We look forward to further expanding the impact of our research with the continued support of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas."

Designated for core facility support, the funds will be invested in a new IVIS Spectrum imaging system. This optical imaging technology will make it possible for researchers to study the molecular processes of disease progression and gene expression occurring in live animals through noninvasive methods. Increasing accuracy and offering more sensitive detection, the technology allows scientists to look deeper and further, improving the quality of data, as well as reducing the required number of animals for experiments.

"With this new imaging system, we will be able to more accurately evaluate our research into emerging cancer therapeutics and diagnostics," Gustafsson said. "This includes next-generation small molecule drugs, chemotherapeutics and both viral and nonviral gene delivery systems."

Gustafsson's collaborators on securing this grant were assistant professor Daniel Frigo and research assistant professor Maria Bondesson, both with CNRCS, and assistant professor Fatima Merchant from the College of Technology. The equipment also will be available to UH researchers from other disciplines, such as computer science, engineering technology and pharmacy, resulting in collaborations expected to advance the field of preclinical tumor model analysis and strengthen the emerging UH cancer research initiative.

CPRIT was established in 2007 to invest in groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs in Texas. The institute focuses on expediting the innovation and commercialization of research, increasing the potential for breakthroughs and enhancing access to evidence-based prevention programs and services. During the last two years, CPRIT has awarded more than $550 million in funding statewide. This is the second CPRIT award for UH in 2011.


'/>"/>

Contact: Lisa Merkl
lkmerkl@uh.edu
713-743-8192
University of Houston
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Wistar Institute researcher receives New Innovator award from NIH
2. L-1 Identity Solutions Receives $5.9 Million Drivers License Contract Expansion from the State of Mississippi
3. Kount Receives Patent for Device Fingerprinting
4. American College of Medical Genetics receives $13.5M NIH contract
5. Penn State receives new NASA astrobiology grant
6. Global Viral Forecasting Initiative receives $11M to implement pandemic early warning system
7. Vidaza receives positve opinion from European CHMP
8. Case Western Reserve receives Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging award
9. Montana State partnership receives $66.9M for carbon sequestration
10. Oklahoma EPSCoR receives $20 million for biofuels research
11. UC Riverside rice geneticist receives high honor from US Department of Agriculture
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
UH receives $990K grant to enhance cancer research facilities
(Date:1/27/2016)... Jan. 27, 2016  Rite Track, Inc. a leading ... West Chester, Ohio announced today the ... staff, based in Austin, Texas , ... to provide modifications, installations and technical support offerings for ... of PLUS, commented, "PLUS has provided world class service ...
(Date:1/21/2016)... , January 21, 2016 ... to a new market research report "Emotion Detection and ... Others), Software Tools (Facial Expression, Voice Recognition and ... - Global forecast to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, ... expected to reach USD 22.65 Billion by 2020, ...
(Date:1/15/2016)... Puerto Rico , Jan. 15, 2016 ... big and small to find new ways to ensure ... culture. iOS and Android ... based on biometrics, transforming it into a hardware authorization ... that users swipe their fingerprint on their KodeKey enabled ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... , ... The American Academy of Thermology (AAT) has announced that ... Member Certification Qualification Course for Technicians via a two part webinar on July 30 ... detailed review of hardware, software, and camera setup/operations, aligns with the in-person member qualification ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... Lawrenceville, NJ (PRWEB) , ... February 09, 2016 ... ... Diane Dorman, former Vice President for Public Policy for the National Organization for ... and patient advocacy groups to ensure their voices are heard throughout the drug ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... This market research report on the global ... of the market in terms of revenue (USD Million). ... the manufacture of microbiology culture media and related products. ... snapshot providing the overall information of various market segments ... also provides the overall information and data analysis of ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... 2016 Three-Year Initiative Supports Next Generation ... Part in Life-Changing Camp Experiences ... positively affect the lives of children born with rare diseases, as ... SHPG ) is announcing a new initiative designed to positively affect ... the future of rare disease care. --> To mark ...
Breaking Biology Technology: