ACKC Funded Research Projects

ACKC Funds Fellow at NIH

ACKC has embarked on an exciting new project to raise money to support the work of Dr. Richard Childs of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Childs, one of the most renowned kidney cancer researchers in the country, has recently identified a tumor antigen that was derived from a newly discovered gene expressed in 70% of kidney cancer patients. This gene turns out to be a virus, which Dr. Childs hopes will lend itself to the development of an anti-tumor vaccine.

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Paul Cairns Project

On March 2, 2006, Action to Cure Kidney Cancer (ACKC) awarded a $45,000 grant to Paul Cairns, Ph.D., of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia to purchase an important piece of equipment to help his laboratory develop a urine test that will detect all types of kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma) in the earliest stages of disease. The new equipment will speed up the project and result in a more accurate test–which would be the first to be used against this silent killer.

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