Projects get funds

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Two Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land breast can­cer re­search projects have gained fund­ing from the Health Re­search Coun­cil. New Zealand has one of the high­est rates of breast can­cer in the world. More than 660 women lose their lives and more than 2000 are di­ag­nosed with oe­stro­gen re­cep­tor pos­i­tive breast can­cer each year. A $200,000 two-year pro­ject led by Dr Dong-Xu Liu is in­ves­ti­gat­ing pa­tients with oe­stro­gen re­cep­tor pos­i­tive breast can­cer who can fail to re­spond to anti-oe­stro­gen treat­ments. The re­search team aims to val­i­date the use of a pro­tein to pre­dict pa­tient re­sponse to anti-oe­stro­gen drugs. In a two-year study led by Dr Jo Perry re­searchers hope to dis­cover and de­velop small mol­e­cule in­hibitors of the growth hor­mone re­cep­tor and ex­plore their use to treat breast can­cer.

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