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Boston University researcher lauded for leading-edge lung cancer research efforts
Date:11/17/2010

(New York, NY November 2, 2010) Uniting Against Lung Cancer (Uniting) announces the "Caine Halter Hope Now Award for Lung Cancer Research."

This year's recipient is Avrum Spira, M.D., M.Sc., Associate Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director, Translational Bioinformatics Program, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Boston University.

The annual Hope Now Award is intended for the research lab and its leader showing the most progress in lung cancer research in a particular year. The purpose of this award is to provide funding for and to recognize the demonstrated excellence of research labs seeking to develop medical treatments for lung cancer. Dr. Spira will receive a one-year award of $25,000 to apply towards lung cancer research.

The Uniting Against Lung Cancer Medical Committee nominated candidates for the award recognizing leading lung cancer research labs, with a specific individual as the recipient.

Dr. Spira leads the Pulmonomics Lab at Boston University. Using an array of bioinformatic approaches, including experimental, statistical, and computational methods, Dr. Spira's lab analyzes gene expression patterns in the airway and in lung tissue to non-invasively detect patients at high risk for lung cancer. Earlier this year, Dr. Spira and his colleagues identified a potential biomarker for early detection of lung cancer that can distinguish between smokers with and without disease, and reported a potential treatment for these patients that can reverse the changes in gene activity. This work represents Dr. Spira's continuing efforts to use advanced bioinformatics tools towards the early detection of lung cancer and to seek out novel treatments to improve patients' quality of life.

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the United States: 160,000 people will die from lung cancer this year, more than breast, prostate, pancreatic and colorectal cancers combined. Ye
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