Researchers in Western New York are working on a project that could assess how humans develop disease. A major grant was recently awarded by the National Science Foundation to assistant professor of Biology at SUNY Fredonia, Scott Ferguson.
Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins is urging Congress to make a sustained long-term investment in cancer and biomedical research.
Higgins testified before the House of Representatives Budget Committee hearing. Higgins noted that in his district, he represents the first comprehensive cancer center in the nation –Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
A phase-one study is getting underway at Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute that utilizes a vaccine that helps train a patient's own cells to become cancer-fighting agents. The vaccine to be used will be produced on site, and only at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
"This is great progress. This is remarkable progress that we have made," said Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Dr. Kunle Odunsi. "I don't think we'll make a claim that this is a cure for cancer, but this is a step in the right direction towards that goal."