Lung Cancer Researcher Awarded Grant to Develop Innovative Treatment
Madison, Wisconsin - A University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center researcher is testing, with support from the Wisconsin Partnership Program, an innovative approach to stopping the spread of lung cancer.
Dr. Kevin Kozak, assistant professor of oncology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, is using nanomedicine - a combination of multiple drugs - to combat the poor prognosis of lung-cancer patients. The Wisconsin Partnership has awarded him a two-year, $100,000 grant.
The Partnership funds support innovative approaches leading to improvements in health in Wisconsin.
In collaboration with UW School of Pharmacy Professor Glen Kwon, Kozak is testing a newly developed nanomedicine called Triolimus, which is designed to slow or stop the progression and metastasis of lung cancer by simultaneously targeting several critical molecular features of the disease.
Lung cancer is a significant public health issue in Wisconsin with rates significantly higher among African Americans and Native Americans. Lung cancer is more prevalent in Wisconsin than the number of breast, prostate or colorectal cancers combined.
Pre-clinical trials will start immediately, and Phase I clinical trials will begin within three years. Phase II clinical trials in advanced lung-cancer patients will hopefully begin within five years.
The interdisciplinary research team consists of basic and clinical scientists that can rapidly refine this innovative therapeutic approach and quickly take it from bench to bedside.
Kozak's proposal is one of three funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program through the New Investigator Program. The grants from the Partnership Education and Research Committee (PERC) fund innovative projects at the School of Medicine and Public Health that are aimed at improving health in Wisconsin.
Since 2004, the Wisconsin Partnership Program Education and Research Committee has awarded more than $64 million in grant funding aimed at improving the health and well being of Wisconsin residents.
Date Published: 01/04/2012