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Release: Jan. 9, 2001
Holden Cancer Center researchers win ACS grants
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An elite group of junior faculty members and independent
researchers at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of
Iowa were awarded with $20,000 American Cancer Society (ACS) grants in order
to explore cancer prevention, therapy and causes.
Award recipients include Zhila Khalkhali-Ellis, Ph.D., associate research
scientist in anatomy and cell biology. Khalkhali-Ellis received the grant
for her study, "Nitric Oxide Regulation of Maspin in Mammary Epithelium
Under Normal and Neoplastic Conditions."
Recipient Zoya Kurago, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor of oral pathology,
radiology, and medicine in the UI College of Dentistry, received the grant
for her study, "Innate Immune System Interactions in Oral Cancer: Oral
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Effects on Dendritic Cell and Natural Killer Cell
Responses." Kurago said the grant will continue her research into the
effects of oral cancer cells on the immune system.
The third award winner, Nancy Lill, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology,
received an ACS grant for her study, "Negative Regulation of EGF Receptor
Signaling by the Proto-oncoprotein Cbl." Lill said that her studies of
the protein Cbl and its suppression of epidermal growth factor (EGF) could
be essential in the identification of areas that need treatment for cancerous
cells in breast tissue.
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