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Brain cancer research supported by grant from The Mark Foundation

SongAssistant Professor Jonathan Song has received a $187,000 grant from the Mark Foundation for Cancer Research. The grant will support his development of a preclinical disease model to precisely interrogate how brain metastases obtain vasculature through the co-option of pre-existing blood vessels.

Song directs the Microsystems for Mechanobiology and Medicine laboratory, which applies microtechnology, principles from tissue engineering and quantitative engineering analysis for studying physical dynamics of tumor and vascular biology. He is also a member of the Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics Program at the The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – The James.

“Brain metastases is not only very significant clinically, it is also quite challenging to study experimentally,” commented Song.

“We proposed to develop a new experimental platform to interrogate this disease by leveraging some of my lab’s pre-existing strengths in microfluidic design and vascular tumor biology. Nonetheless, this project is in its early stages, and I am very grateful to The Mark Foundation for their support.”

Based in New York City, The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research is dedicated to accelerating cures for cancer by integrating discoveries in biology with innovative technology.

Excerpts reposted from the The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – The James.