URI to use $1.3M NIH grant for cancer research

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A University of Rhode Island pharmacy professor has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a novel way of fighting cancer.

URI announced the four-year grant on Monday.

Wei Lu, assistant professor of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy, will use the grant to support his study of a new class of submicroscopic particles that target cancer and can help control the disease's spread and recurrence.

His preliminary research has found the nanoparticles are effective in delivering chemotherapy and heat through a laser that can burn a tumor. Lu says a nanoparticle can carry hundreds or even thousands of drug molecules to a target.

Wei's focus will be on breast cancer, the second most common cancer in women.

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