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Euroupean Research Council Consolidator grant to Alexander Pietras

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Alexander Pietras, Associate Professor at Lund University, have been awarded an European Research Council Consolidator Grant (ERC-CoG) for the project - RESISTANCEPROGRAMS. The research group will explore and exploite the post-radiotherapy brain microenvironment for therapeutic opportunities in malignant brain tumors.

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the deadliest form of brain tumor, occurs in both children and adults and affect 400-500 people annually in Sweden. Despite different forms of treatment, the cancer reoccur as incurable relapses and the average survival from diagnosis is only 12-15 months. By investigating the radiation resistant stem-like tumor cells in the microenvironment one hope to find novel therapeutic targeting the resitant cells in the brain tumor.

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