For some time, researchers have known that protein p27 is an important inhibitor of the cell division that spreads cancer. Understanding the full mechanism and extent of that role has taken much longer. Now, scientists at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have solved part of the puzzle, discovering that p27 can severely misbehave when in bad company.
Breast cancer researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have been awarded a prestigious Department of Defense Synergistic Idea Award, one of just 12 such grants in the United States. The $725,000 research grant over two years will allow Lisa Baumbach, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the Miller School, and Mark Pegram, M.D., professor of medicine and associate director for clinical and translational research at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester, to expand their work examining the genetic differences found in African-American breast cancer patients.
The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami has a powerful new ally in the fight against cancer. The work of State Senator Ted Deutch (D-Boca Raton) will help Sylvester pull in millions of dollars more through state-funded competitive cancer research grants for years to come.