Cancer research garners national recognition


AUSTIN, Minn. — Cutting edge prostate cancer research, happening right here in our area, is garnering national recognition.
Dr. Mohammad Saleem was given the “New Investigator of the Year” award from the U.S. Department of Defense.
His work was also featured in the department’s “2014 Research Highlights” section.
The recognition stems from his work focused on Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer and chemo-resistant molecules.
In the investigation, he says they were able to identify a single gene, which helps the cancer re-grow, even after chemotherapy.
“We identified a gene called ‘BMI1’ that makes those tumor cells like stem-cells and it enables those tumor cells to regrow back over time,” Dr. Saleem said.
With the findings, he says they could come up with new ways to treat or even prevent that type of prostate cancer.

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