Akash Patnaik, MD, PhD, MMSc - 2016 Young Investigator Award
“Perturbing DNA repair Pathways to Enhance Immune- responsiveness in Prostate Cancer”
Awarded a $75,000 Young Investigator Award
The pharmaceutical industry has focused on developing drugs that target critical tumor-promoting pathways, including DNA repair pathways, within cancer cells. However, the impact of these drugs on the activation and/or trafficking of immune cells into the cancer microenvironment remains poorly understood. In this proposal, we aim to elucidate the effect of drugs known to inhibit the DNA repair protein PARP, on the immune microenvironment within prostate cancer. We anticipate that a deeper understanding of the immune effects mediated by PARP inhibitors will lead to the development of novel combinations that make immunotherapy more effective in advanced prostate cancer.
The Cancer Research Foundation has focused attention on cancer and raised money for life-giving research. We...pay tribute to the scientists who have dedicated themselves to finding a cure and to meet the young researchers who are the next generation of fighters against this disease. The message we send today is that those who suffer from cancer are not alone and that together we can work toward a solution."Richard M. Daley
Mayor, City of Chicago
May 20, 1997