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UPitt Will Receive $2 Million From the NIH for Human Cancer

Posted by Anita Zhang on Fri, Apr 04, 2014

Patrick Moore, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Molecular Virology Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), will receive more than a $2 million new grant from the NIH to continue research into the human cancer virus that causes most Merkel cell carcinomas, a rare but deadly skin cancer. This new grant will fund the research through March 2019.

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Under the original NIH grant that expires on March 31 2014, Dr. Moore’s research team has been highly successful in discovery of new methods to diagnose and treat Merkel cell carcinoma. Through their research, Dr. Moore and his colleagues identified a protein that allows the usually harmless polyomavirus to transform healthy cells into Merkel cell carcinoma.

Merkel cell polyomavirus is the seventh human cancer virus identified and the second discovered by Dr. Moore’s research team under the original NIH grant. Their first discovery was Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV). KSHV is a disease found in the tissues under the skin or mucous membranes. It can be very aggressive when people’s immune systems are suppressed, such as in AIDS patients immune systems.

As Dr. Moore’s teammate, Dr. Chang, states, “These viruses are an important model for cancer research, we’ve found that it may be possible to kill cancerous tumors by targeting the pathways these viruses use. That’s significant when you consider that 20 percent of all cancers are related to infectious diseases.”

New discoveries in life science researches and excellent research programs have successfully earned the University of Pittsburgh significant awards in recent years. The University of Pittsburgh ranks No. 4 among universities worldwide in the “Best Places to Work in Academics” 2013 edition of The Scientist, and “a world class research university” with “unwavering commitment to excellence” in recent Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation report. 

The University of Pittsburgh provides a lucrative marketplace for research lab supply companies as well. According to the latest NIH and NSF research funding statistics, the University of Pittsburgh was awarded at least $104.7 million in research funding from the NIH in 2014 and $408 million from the NSF in 2013.

The research funding was spread out over a number of research projects across various departments at the university. Among those research projects, Anatomy/Cell Biology have been awarded $10 million, Biology $14.2 million, Biomedical Engineering $3 million, Biostatistics $8 million, Chemistry $2.7 million, Internal Medicine $2.8 million and Pharmacology $19.4 million.

The Pittsburgh BioResearch Product Faire™ Event, which will take place at the University of Pittsburgh, provides both researchers and lab managers an opportunity to find new products and methods for their research programs. Last year, the BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at the University of Pittsburgh attracted 392 attendees. Of these attendees, 77 were purchasing agents, professors and post docs, and 51 were lab managers. These attendees came from 28 different research buildings and 54 on-campus departments.

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If you are a life science researcher, purchasing agent, or lab manager, you are invited to see our National Show Schedule for 2014, which provides the show information for the entire year of 2014.


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