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Date:2/24/2010

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation funds eight new research projects to advance critically-needed mesothelioma treatments.

(PRWEB) February 24, 2010 -- The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) announced today awards of an additional $800,000 to researchers, at top national and international medical science centers, devoted to finding a cure for mesothelioma. This brings to almost $7 million the funds the Foundation has awarded to develop better treatment options for mesothelioma patients. To spur the research critically needed to develop treatments for this long-overlooked, asbestos-related cancer, the Meso Foundation annually funds the top research projects from around the world.

“The grants that were selected for funding this year, have the potential to accelerate development of novel therapies that will have a significant impact on how we treat patients with mesothelioma,” says Raffit Hassan, MD, Senior Investigator at the National Cancer Institute and Meso Foundation Science Advisory Board Chairman.

This round, the Meso Foundation received 56 grant applications. Its scientific peer reviewers selected the top eight based on their innovation, research design, and promise. These include studies of a targeted vaccine anticipated to yield effective treatment without the side-effects currently associated with traditional mesothelioma treatment; a novel study of the role of hormones in malignant mesothelioma; several studies looking at improving the specificity and effectiveness in meso
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