Dr. Sam Thiagalingam receives BU-CTSI Integrated Pilot Grant

Dr. Sam Thiagalingam receives Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute (BU-CTSI) Integrated Pilot Grant

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in non-smoking men and women, and because surgery has limited therapeutic role with metastatic colon cancer, chemotherapy is widely used as the first-line therapy. However, several studies have indicated that patients harboring SMAD4 mutations corresponding to chromosome 18q deletions that frequently occur during advanced stages of colon cancer exhibit resistance to chemotherapy. Dr. Thiagalingam has been awarded a BU-CTSI Integrated Pilot grant entitled “Sensitization of chemotherapy resistant metastatic colon cancer” to initiate the identification of molecular mediators that promote colon cancer metastasis and resistance to common chemotherapeutic agents correlating to the loss of function of SMAD4 for precision targeting to restore sensitivity to chemotherapy. In the long-term, this award will help Dr. Thiagalingam to generate critical preliminary data to tap into funds to undertake comprehensive understanding of resistance to chemotherapy in colon cancer.

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