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UVa, Johns Hopkins get $3.3M cancer research grant

Wednesday - 2/29/2012, 10:49am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University have received a $3.3 million grant for brain cancer research.

The Daily Progress reports ( http://bit.ly/xuvYsf) that the grant from the National Institutes of Health will help researchers continue searching for new methods of fighting tumors deep in the brain.

Biomedical engineering professor Richard Price says that they are developing methods to deliver chemotherapeutic drugs directly to the tumors by taking them through the blood-brain barrier. This would minimize the amount of the drugs needed to be put into the bloodstream while still getting the drugs into the brain.

High doses of these drugs entering the bloodstream cause the toxicity to the rest of the body.

The technique being explored involves opening the pores between the bloodstream and the brain.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com


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