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McMaster researchers receive breast cancer funding

Published: August 27, 2013
Ali Ashkar
Ali Ashkar, associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Two McMaster researchers have been awarded funds from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to advance their work.

Ali Ashkar
Jessica Cockburn, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Oncology

Ali Ashkar, associate professor of pathology and molecular medicine at McMaster University and Jessica Cockburn, a post-doctoral fellow in oncology have received a total of almost $600,000.

Ashkar’s work aims to take advantage of a woman’s own defences against breast cancer by focusing on 'natural killer cells' as part of the immune system. His team will use a new strategy for creating more of these cells, to see if they can more effectively destroy breast cancer cells.

Cockburn is developing a gene-based test that will assess whether a woman with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer is likely to respond well to therapy. The research could identify new treatment options.

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