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Roswell Park researcher awarded grant to study breast cancer

A Roswell Park Cancer Institute researcher has received a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study breast cancer metastasis, according to U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Rep. Brian Higgins, both of them Democrats.

Dr. Scott I. Abrams, professor of oncology and director of graduate studies in the department of immunology at Roswell Park, earned the competitive funding for his proposal to investigate the role of a particular type of blood cells, macrophages, in the development of metastatic breast cancer.

“We have never fully understood how macrophages, which under normal circumstances are critical in the fight against diseases, are sometimes reprogrammed to do just the opposite and aid in the progression of diseases like cancer,” Abrams said in a news announcement.

Gillibrand and Higgins applauded the award as an example of the “cutting-edge” research ongoing at Roswell Park.