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"Ramon Parsons Awarded Outstanding Investigator Award From The National Cancer Institute"

  • Targeted Oncology
  • (November 29, 2017)

Renowned scientist Ramon Parsons, MD, PhD, director of the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai, professor and chair of oncological sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been awarded an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute. The award guarantees $6.7 million for seven years of research into the tumor-suppressing functions of the PTEN gene, which Dr. Parsons discovered. The award will be used to determine how the tumor-suppressing gene, PTEN, and its variant, PTEN-L, are regulated; to study tumors’ development and metabolism when the gene is inactivated; and to develop small molecule therapies that target tumor cells that have cancer-causing mutations in the PTEN gene. “Understanding PTEN could hold the key to helping patients with some of the most aggressive and the most treatment-resistant cancers, such as triple-negative breast cancer and prostate cancer,” said Dr. Parsons.

- Ramon Parsons, MD, PhD, Director, The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai, Professor, Chair, Oncological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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