Science/Tech
10:12 am
Tue June 2, 2009

2 at UM share $18M to probe breast cancer therapy

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Two University of Michigan researchers will share in an $18 million grant to study breast cancer therapies targeted at specific forms of the disease.

Drs. Max Wicha and Arul Chinnaiyan will participate in a three-year study sponsored by the group Stand Up to Cancer. The university says the group supports "groundbreaking research aimed at getting new cancer treatments to patients in an
accelerated timeframe."

The project addresses key issues involving the three major types of breast cancer: estrogen-receptor positive, HER2-positive and triple negative.

Researchers will seek to "develop innovative, less toxic therapies" that yield better results.

Thirteen researchers nationwide are involved in the project.