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Wayne State researcher studying pancreatic cancer wins $50K grant

March 13, 2014

A professor at a local cancer center and university has won a $50,000 grant for research on how pancreatic cancer cells respond to a protein that can interfere with the effectiveness of chemotherapy. "Our research identifies a potential new target for the treatment of pancreatic cancer that holds the promise to improve diagnosis and treatment," said Rafael Fridman, a professor in the Pathology Department at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine. "We want to contribute to the expansion of the arsenal of drugs against pancreatic cancer." Fridman won the research grant from the nonprofit Sky Foundation, which raises funds to advance research and increase awareness for early detection and treatment of pancreatic cancer.