Researchers from Heriot-Watt and Glasgow universities are to share a £350,000 boost in the search for prostate cancer answers.
The grants are part of a £2 million wave of Movember Foundation Project Grants and Pilot Awards announced by Prostate Cancer UK throughout Great Britain on Friday 22 May.
The funds were awarded via a competitive process and were subject to detailed assessment from international experts and the Prostate Cancer UK Research Advisory Committee. All of the projects to receive funding were chosen because of their extremely high quality and relevance to men with prostate cancer.
Dr. Nicholas Leslie from Heriot-Watt University has received £300,000 for a three year study on how the loss of a protein called PTEN leads to aggressive prostate cancers. He said: “Almost half of aggressive prostate cancers develop following the loss of a protein called PTEN. We need to know why. Once we do, it could help us identify harmless from aggressive prostate cancers and speed up the development of drugs to successfully treat the latter. I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to work on this exciting project, and thank Prostate Cancer UK and Movember for the funding allowing it to happen.”
Sarah Coghlan, UK Country Director at The Movember Foundation, said: “It's through the efforts of 10,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas in Scotland, and thousands more across the UK, that we have been able to fund such vital research to address the key challenges in prostate cancer. With continued support we can do more so that fewer men die from prostate cancer - and those that live can enjoy happier, healthier, longer lives.”
Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “Through our ongoing partnership with the Movember Foundation we have been able to fund another bumper round of high quality research grants this year. These focus on the key issues facing prostate cancer - from identifying men at risk of developing aggressive forms to discovering new treatments for advanced disease.
“However the story doesn’t end here. We really need more help to build on the great work that is already underway if we are to accelerate the process of conquering the most common cancer in men. As part of our ongoing Men United campaign we are calling on people across the country to make this summer count by doing something with their friends to raise funds and help beat the disease. Prostate cancer takes 10,000 lives every year. By pulling together we can stop it in its tracks.”
Prostate Cancer UK’s summer activities include everything from poker nights to golf, cycling, walking, climbing and even rock festivals. Find out here how to get involved at Prostate Cancer UK.