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Release: May 9, 2001

Sood receives grants for ovarian cancer research

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Anil Sood, M.D., University of Iowa assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and a gynecologic oncologist with UI Health Care, has received two grants for his ovarian cancer research.

The first, a three-year, $240,000 award from the Reproductive Scientist Development Program was for Sood's grant titled, "Molecular Determinants of Ovarian Cancer Plasticity." Sood will study whether ovarian tumor cells form their own blood vessels. If so, Sood said this finding would greatly enhance patient outcomes, as oncologists would have a new way to treat cancer.

The second grant, a $50,000 award from the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, was for Sood's research into the "Role of FAK Expression in Ovarian Cancer Invasion." FAK is a protein naturally produced in the body that may play a role in how aggressively ovarian cancer spreads throughout the body. With this research, Sood hopes to learn whether stopping FAK will help decrease the aggressiveness of cancer cells.

According to Sood, ovarian cancer is the second most common form of gynecologic cancer. It is also the most deadly form of gynecologic cancer. For more information on ovarian cancer, contact the UI Cancer Information Service toll-free at (800) 237-1225.

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