The newly awarded grant will assist scientists at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in their search for new and innovative cancer treatments. The grants of $10,000 each were presented to young investigators by the Envoys, a volunteer advocacy group of the Cancer Institute Foundation, during their “Doctor is In” reception and research poster showcase Jan. 25.
Although advances in immunotherapy have offered great promise for several types of cancer, outcomes for an aggressive form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma remain grim. Rodriguez’s project uses the surgical technique laser thermal ablation in combination with immunotherapy to alter the immune microenvironment, cause cancer cell death and open the area around the tumor in an effort to improve outcomes for patients with this disease.”
The 2018 Seeds of Science grant recipients at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute included (left to right) Marie Burdine, Ph.D.; Brendan Frett, Ph.D.; Samantha Kendrick, Ph.D.; and Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.