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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Preclinical investigation of PI3K inhibition and immune checkpoint blockade combination therapy for treatment of Merkel cell carcinoma using humanized mouse models
Principal Investigator:

Ling Gao

Location: Long Beach, CA
Congressional District Code: 47
Research Service: Biomedical Laboratory R&D
Project Period: April 2020 - March 2024
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $156,750
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive skin cancer that has quadrupled in incidence with a dismal five- year survival rate of less than 18% in advanced diseases. MCC disproportionately and predominantly affects Caucasian males older than 65 who are well represented in our Veteran population, especially for those who are deployed to high UV index tropical and subtropical zones and are not well protected due to other survival priorities. Hence, MCC has a growing impact on the VA healthcare s...

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