$450,000 grant to develop mathematically-designed drug-virus combination cancer therapies

December 10, 2014

Dr. Jean-Simon Diallo has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute to advance a therapeutic approach combining drugs with oncolytic viruses designed using mathematical modelling. Dr. Diallo and his colleagues have previously used this approach to accurately predict which genetic modifications would be the best for boosting the effect of oncolytic virus cancer therapy, as well as which chemotherapy–virus combinations would work best together. The new funding will help them gather more data to support new clinical trials in patients.

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