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$5.4 million awarded to Washington University by Komen

Thursday, June 21, 2012 | 9:49 a.m. CDT; updated 1:18 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 21, 2012

ST. LOUIS — Medical researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are getting a combined $5.4 million in grants for breast cancer studies.

The grants announced this week by Susan G. Komen for the Cure include $4 million for Matthew Ellis and Pascal Meier. They are seeking to better identify which women with ER-positive breast cancer are at highest risk for late recurrence. The study will then target those at high risk for more effective therapies.

Helen Piwnica-Worms will receive $900,000 for research on triple negative breast cancer, which is among the most difficult types to treat.

James Janetka will get $450,000 for efforts to develop therapy for the treatment and potential prevention of breast cancer metastasis.

Overall, Komen awarded 154 grants to researchers in 22 states and seven countries.


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