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NFGC Conducts Multi-Institutional Research Project in Ovarian Cancer
Date:4/24/2009

$500,000 will be invested in the first phase of this personalized medicine initiative

TAMPA, Fla., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Functional Genomics Center, funded through an assistance agreement that is awarded and administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), will be conducting a multi-institutional collaborative project in ovarian cancer.

For the first phase of the project, the group will use a biologically-driven approach to characterize gene expression and oncogene activation of copy number and point mutations in preclinical models by profiling ovarian cancer cells and ovarian cancer stem cells. The consortium will also characterize platinum resistance and the interaction between ovarian cancer cells and the immune environment.

"There is a huge amount of scientific expertise and knowledge being brought to this project," said Dr. John Parker, Major General, U.S. Army (retired) and NFGC board chair.

The participants who will be sharing data include Jack Pledger, Ph.D., and Johnathan Lancaster, M.D., Ph.D. (Moffitt Cancer Center); Max S. Wicha, M.D., and

SOURCE H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
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