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Prof Hemant Kocher and Dr Richard Grose

Hemant Kocher and Richard Grose

Research Institution: Barts Cancer Institute, QMUL

Award: £124,000

Duration: 3 years

Project Title: Development of FGFR signalling pathway targeted therapies for pancreatic cancer. 

Project Aims: Prof Kocher and Dr Richard Grose’s team will progress its previous PCRF-funded research which showed how pancreatic cancer cells hijacks stellate cells in the stroma – the tumour’s thick fibrous coating -  to help them invade neighbouring healthy tissue. The new project aims to identify ways to block the chemical messages passed between cancer cells and stellate cells and identify new treatment avenues.