Prostate Cancer targeted in research

2016-04-14 06:00

A Stellenbosch University (SU) researcher is part of a team of international scientists undertaking the largest study to date; to explore the genetic causes of prostate cancer in African men.

“In addition to gaining valuable insight into the origins of the cancer in African populations, this project will also develop genetic and epidemiological capacity and resources on the continent that can be used by other African researchers,” said Dr Pedro Fernandez, with the Division of Urology at SU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The study, known as MADCaP (Men of African Descent and Carcinoma of the Prostate), is funded by the American National Cancer Institute (NCI), and is a collaborative project between researchers from America, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, and Nigeria.

Professor Timothy Rebbeck from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the US will lead the project. Fernandez is the principal investigator and was awarded a US$3 million (approximately R45 million) grant to lead the collection and genomic analysis of biosamples for the study.


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