Dr. Kishor Wasan receives prostate cancer research grant

Media Release: July 03, 2012

Dr. Kishor Wasan, professor and associate dean of Research & Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC), is a recipient of a 2012 Prostate Cancer Canada Pilot Grant.

Funded by the Movember Foundation, the Prostate Cancer Canada Pilot Grant program supports research projects investigating ground-breaking approaches to cancer treatment. Dr. Wasan has been awarded $120,000 over the next two and half years for a project exploring a treatment for prostate cancer that is resistant to castration.

“There are very few effective therapies for castration resistant prostate cancer,” says Dr. Wasan. His project proposes treating such cancer by cutting off the cholesterol supply to reduce androgenic hormone synthesis. Dr. Wasan says, “This treatment strategy is really novel – and we’re excited to see where it will lead.”

Prostate Cancer Canada was founded in 1994 to fund research and provide support for those living with prostate cancer. To learn more about Prostate Cancer Canada, please visit www.prostatecancer.ca.

Every November, Movemeber runs a campaign encouraging men to grow moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer. To learn more about Movember, please visit www.movember.com.

Established in 1946, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia advances knowledge, health outcomes and the profession of pharmacy leading to enhanced societal benefit and optimal patient care. With more than 5,000 alumni, the Faculty specializes in pharmacy education, research and practice.

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