Castilla awarded Alex’s Lemonade Stand Bridge Grant

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By Sandra Gray

Cancer biologist seeks therapies for pediatric leukemia 

UMass Medical School cancer researcher Lucio Castilla, PhD (right), has been awarded a 2013 Bridge Grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). The foundation launched Bridge Grants in response to decreasing National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding to support promising projects that did not receive NIH support despite excellent scores.

Dr. Castilla, associate professor of molecular medicine and biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, studies the genetics of leukemia with the goal of identifying targets for drug therapies. He will focus on targeted therapies for children battling acute myeloid leukemia with the 12-month, $100,000 ALSF grant.

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