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University of Iowa News Release

June 8, 2005

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Announces Student Award 

Leaders of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa announced today that a first-year UI medical student will receive the 2005 American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant Student Stipend Award.

Craig Gurney, a student at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, won the $2,500 grant for his study on the effect of inhibition of COX-2 and Src-kinase on VEGF-C production. Douglas K. Trask, M.D., Ph.D., UI assistant professor of otolaryngology, serves as Gurney's mentor.

Many types of cancer spread through the body via the lymphatic system, a process called lymphangiogenesis. COX-2 and Src-kinase are thought to play important roles in the mechanism of lymphangiogenesis. The purpose of Gurney's research project is to test the ability of COX-2 inhibitors and Src-kinase inhibitors to hinder lymphangiogenesis.

For more information about Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, contact the Cancer Information Service at (319) 356-3000 or toll-free at 1-800-237-1225.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer.

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