Grant Will Enhance Research On One of Most Common Childhood Cancers

Bryan photo Liddy Shriver 1The Morris Animal Foundation awarded Associate Professor Brad A. Bryan, Ph.D., from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Center of Excellence in Cancer, in collaboration with University of Minnesota’s Jaime Modiano, DVM, Ph.D., a $326,263 grant to research “Niche Conditioning for Metastasis in Osteosarcoma”.  The goal of the grant is to determine if RNAs and proteins housed in exosomes secreted by osteosarcoma tumors are capable of favorably conditioning sites of future tumor cell metastasis. Osteosarcoma is an aggressive malignant cancer of bone mesenchymal cells and is the most common bone cancer. It is one of the most common childhood cancers with mortality rates higher than 30%.