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September 24, 2008

SIU Med School Receives NIH Grant to Study Colon Cancer

A research scientist at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a two-year federal grant from the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health, for studying colon cancer.  The total budget for the grant is $360,113.

The principal investigator for the project is Dr. Deliang Cao, Ph.D., associate professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology and member of the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU.

The research will study how a protein called aldose reductase-like-1 (ARL-1) protects colon cells from a specific type of chemicals that cause cancer.  The results of the study may lead to the development of a new prevention or treatment for colon cancer.

Cao’s research, which previously has been funded by the American Cancer Society, now totals $1.3 million.  His research focuses on the role of ARL-1 in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of liver and colon cancer.

Cao joined the SIU faculty in 2005.  He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Hong Kong (1996), his master’s at Harbin Medical University (1989) and his medical degree at Hengyang Medical College (1984), all in China.

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