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Lawson Health Research Institute’s Dr. Alison Allan has received $449,652 from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) for her research into why breast cancer commonly spreads to the lung.
The lung is one of the most common and deadly sites for breast cancer metastasis. Dr. Allan, who is also an associate professor in the Departments of Oncology and Anatomy & Cell Biology at Western University, will study the lung environment to determine whether specific proteins can mediate breast cancer metastasis.
“The underlying factors that cause and regulate breast cancer metastasis remain poorly understood,” says Allan. “This project will help uncover new lung-specific molecular factors that contribute to this process, with the overall goal of translating this knowledge into new therapeutic agents to better treat breast cancer and better identify and track metastasis in patients.”