Vol 8. Issue 3 / January 28, 2008


Kendall Nettles Wins American Cancer Society Grant
Kendall Nettles, assistant professor in the Department of Cancer Biology at The Scripps Research Institute's Jupiter, Florida campus, has won a four-year American Cancer Society grant. He will use the funds to study the role of inflammation in breast cancer.

"We are testing if a certain type of inflammation can cause resistance to breast cancer therapies, such as tamoxifen," said Nettles. "Understanding this phenomenon will help us design new therapies that block this detrimental inflammation, and thus avoid the development of treatment resistance."

Grant applications to the American Cancer Society are ranked on the basis of merit by one of several discipline-specific peer review committees, each of which comprises 10 to 25 scientific advisors or peers who are experts in their fields. The Council for Extramural Grants, a committee of senior scientists, recommends funding based on the relative merit of the applications, the amount of available funds, and the society's objectives. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.


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