Grant ID RP190251
Awarded On August 21, 2019
Title Defining and enabling delivery of microRNA and CRISPR therapeutics for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Individual Investigator
Institution/Organization The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Principal Investigator/Program Director Daniel Siegwart
Cancer Sites Gallbladder, Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct
Contracted Amount $900,000*

*Pending contract negotiation

Lay Summary

Incident rates of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have more than doubled over the last 20 years in the United States, and no other state has felt the impact more than Texas. The rate for South Texas Hispanic/Latinos is >3 times higher than for US White non-Hispanics. Advanced HCC has an extremely poor prognosis with few therapeutic options. Sorafenib, the only available chemotherapeutic for HCC, extends median survival by only 2.8 months. Recently, 8 Phase III clinical trials with small molecule drugs have failed. These failures highlight the challenge of treating HCC, the need to develop alternative drugs including microRNAs and CRISPR/Cas, and the lack of knowledge regarding cellular spe...

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