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Jen Jen Yeh, MD, and Gary Johnson, PhD, were awarded a $326,708.00 grant from the Lustgarten Foundation for a one-year pilot study to investigate the kinome landscape of pancreatic cancer.

Kinases are part of many cell processes, and some cancer treatments target certain kinases that are linked to cancer. Their research will allow them to determine whether certain tumors may be susceptible to specific drugs.

Dr. Johnson is professor and chair of the department of pharmacology in the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Yeh is associate professor of surgery and pharmacology. Both are members of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Lustgarten Foundation was established to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer.

Date: June 28, 2013