Cancer Scientist Receives $200,000 Grant Award for Asbestos and
In January 2009, it was announced that a scientist in the Cancer Research
Center of Hawaii's Thoracic Oncology Program had received two grant awards
totaling $220,000. Haining Yang, MD, PhD was one of five recipients of a
two-year $100,000 grant from the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
(MARF). Dr. Yang intends to use the grant funding to pursue a study of the
mechanism of asbestos and mesothelioma in order to develop effective prevention
and therapeutic interventions.
Yang has also been granted $120,000 from the Hawaii Community Foundation's
Leahi Fund. The grant will support her research, a part of which will focus on
an early detection study of mesothelioma in targeted villages in Turkey where
there are high incidence rates of the disease.
Exposure to asbestos is known to cause serious diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer and asbestosis.
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