14 February 2002
New breast cancer research project launches
DR ERIC ADAMS from the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston University has been awarded a research grant of almost �170,000 from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to develop an exciting new line of breast cancer research. The study will examine the way in which certain hormones in the body may induce breast cancer.
Dr Adams explains: "The body produces small molecules called growth factors which have numerous functions such as wound repair and growth of tissues. We believe that it is possible that these growth factors can cause breast cancer growth by inducing an inappropriate oestrogen-like response in the body. If correct, this would help to explain the paradox that post-menopausal women, who do not produce their own oestrogen, can still develop oestrogen dependent breast cancer."
Dr Adams will be working in conjunction with Chris Newton from Hull University Medical School. The research grant will be used to fund a senior research assistant.
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The BBSRC is Britain's lead funding agency for academic research and training in the non-medical life sciences.