Researcher receives stimulus-supported grant
Vincent K. Tuohy, PhD, Immunology, was awarded a four-year grant with the first two years of support coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the final two years of support provided by the National Cancer Institute, to continue to study the possibility of a vaccine that would protect women from breast cancer. The grant totals $1.3 million and makes Dr. Tuohy the first Cleveland Clinic researcher to receive a grant from stimulus money designated for the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Tuohy’s work is based on harnessing the full strength of an autoimmune attack directed against a breast-specific protein. Remarkably, the powerful vaccine provides protection against breast cancer in the absence of any detectable inflammation of normal breast tissue. Dr. Tuohy and his research team envision that someday all women past their childbearing years may be vaccinated and protected from breast cancer in the same way they were protected from polio and measles as children.
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