The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) congratulated Dr. Web Cavenee and Dr. Paul B. Fisher on their discovery of a new pharmacological agent to treat glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the deadliest brain cancer, which they have been developing together with NFCR support.
This new pharmacological agent could with additional chemistry lead to a new drug to prevent radiation-induced invasion of GBM cells. The researchers have tested their pharmacological agent in combination with radiation with profound survival benefits in pre-clinical models.
Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D., Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM), focuses on cancer genetics and Web Cavenee Ph.D., Director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California at San Diego focuses on GBM. An exciting breakthrough for the treatment of GBM, this is about collaboration between two scientists on opposite coasts and shows how NFCR research may lead to tangible therapies for multiple cancers.
NFCR has been funding Dr. Fisher’s research since 2008, and Dr. Cavenee’s research starting in 2002. “NFCR scientists are making headway in the fight against one of the most aggressive form of cancer, GBM, by working together on vital pre-clinical models,” said Franklin C. Salisbury, Jr., NFCR CEO. “For years, discoveries from NFCR-funded research have led to better treatments and this latest discovery by two incredibly talented scientists gives us proof there will be improved therapies for GBM and multiple cancers in the foreseeable future.”
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Timothy P. Kegelman, Bainan Wu, Swadesh K. Das, Sarmistha Talukdar, Jason M. Beckta, Bin Hu, Luni Emdad, Kristoffer Valerie, Devanand Sarkar, Frank B. Furnari, Webster K. Cavenee, Jun Wei, Angela Purves, Surya K. De, Maurizio Pellecchia, Paul B. Fisher. Inhibition of radiation-induced glioblastoma invasion by genetic and pharmacological targeting of MDA-9/Syntenin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016; 201616100 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1616100114