Researchers to study brain cancer with Department of Defense funding
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IMAGE: Houtan Noushmehr, Ph.D., principal investigator of a $600,000 grant to Henry Ford Health System’s Department of Neurosurgery to study the genetic makeup of gliomas. view more 

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DETROIT- Henry Ford Health System’s Department of Neurosurgery was awarded a $600,000 grant by the Department of Defense to study the genetic makeup of gliomas, a type of brain cancer, in hope of identifying new therapies.

Houtan Noushmehr, Ph.D., the study’s principal investigator, says researchers will explore the molecular features of DNA from patients with aggressive and non-aggressive forms of glioma. Researchers then will apply next generation sequencing to analyze potential changes at the DNA level, hoping to identify a cause that is driving the more aggressive cancer type.

“We are very excited to receive this important grant from the Department of Defense,” Dr. Noushmehr says. “This disease not only affects military personnel and veterans, but also civilians as well. We hope to unravel new insights and understanding of this most debilitating disease affecting adults, with the ultimate goal of treating and hopefully expanding new drug targets.”

U.S. Sen. John McCain from Arizona died recently after a year-long battle with a glioma brain tumor.

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