UT Southwestern Receives $100,000 Grant for Women’s Cancer Research

UT Southwestern’s Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a $100,000 cancer research grant from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a partner of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Every year the fund selects an institution based in the host city of the annual NCAA Women’s Final Four to support women’s cancer research.

This year the grant was awarded to UT Southwestern based on the proposal and research plan of Dr. Angelique Whitehurst, associate professor of cancer biology, cell, and molecular biology at UT Southwestern. The funds will continue Whitehurst’s research to reveal additional targets for triple-negative breast cancer treatment and learn more about the survival mechanisms in tumor cells.

“Triple-negative breast cancer is really a collection of many different types of disease; however, the current chemotherapeutic regimens work as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach,” Whitehurst told D CEO Healthcare. “The goal of our project is to address these challenges by identifying specific vulnerabilities within the individual sub-ypes that make up triple-negative breast cancer. Ultimately, we seek to develop new and more effective treatments.”

Whitehurst says UT Southwestern appreciates the support for breast cancer research from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to advance current research.

“We will continue to examine the most deadly type of breast cancer, triple-negative, seeking to identify specific vulnerabilities which can ultimately lead to new and more effective treatments,” she said.

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