Zhang Recipient of Prostate Cancer Foundation Competitive Award
The Prostate Cancer Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2006 Competitive Awards Program. Jian Ting Zhang, PhD, co-leader of the Indiana University Cancer Center’s Experimental and Developmental Therapeutics Program, was a recipient for his project, “Targeting Survivin for Better Treatment of Prostate Cancers Using Computation-Based Drug Design.”
The loss of apoptosis, or programmed cell death, allows cancer cells to grow and multiply unchecked. Dr. Zhang, who also serves as a professor of pharmacology and toxicology, is exploring ways to target survivin, a molecule that has been shown to inhibit apoptosis in prostate cancer cells.
The program granted a total of $6.1 million to 63 research investigators from four countries, of whom 30 were first-time awardees. For information about this year’s recipients, please visit www.prostatecancerfoundation/2006competitive_awards.