$40,000 Dr Brice Weinberg - CLL
Dr. Weinberg discovered that CLL cells produce nitric oxide that keeps them from dying in the normal way. However, if production is blocked with special drugs, the cells die. This initiative was to determine if there's a therapeutic opportunity based on this learning.
$40,000 Dr. Yun Zhao - CML
Scientists have known for a while which gene becomes defective in CML patients leading to uncontrolled growth. Dr. Zhao studied the progression of the disease at the genetic level in order to identify opportunities for new therapeutic agents.