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Dana-Farber Researcher Named Millennium Pharmaceuticals Career Development Scholar of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Date:1/13/2009

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has awarded a $550,000 grant to Anthony Letai, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company of Cambridge, MA provided support to the LLS Career Development Scholar program, which will be used to fund a portion of the five-year research project.

The LLS Scholar in Clinical Research Career Development grant will support Dr. Letai's work on apoptosis, the normal process for eliminating old, unneeded or unhealthy cells. In cancer, this process often is disrupted. Dr. Letai's study, Detecting and Targeting Blocks in Apoptosis in Hematologic Malignancies, is designed to identify the molecules that allow cancer cells to proliferate by inhibiting apoptosis in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. His lab has been testing novel targeted therapies that attack these molecules and selectively kill cancer cells.

"I am absolutely delighted to be an LLS Scholar and I appreciate Millennium's support of this important scholarship program," said Dr. Letai. "This grant allows me to be a little more aggressive and take a few more risks that might not otherwise be possible."

LLS's Career Development Program funds talented investigators at different points in their careers: Fellows and Special Fellows during their post-doctoral training years; and Scholars and Scholars in Clinical Research early in their independent academic positions. The program recruits and supports young scientists in blood cancer research, helping populate the field with the best and brightest young researchers who are accomplishing cutting-edge research in established and new laboratories.

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