Projects get funds
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.