Cleveland Clinic to receive $1.6 million grant for breast cancer research

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The Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute will receive a $1.6 million federal grant to fund research into immunotherapy to treat breast cancer.

“With breast cancer still a leading cause of death among women in the United States, the fight to find effective treatments — and eventually a cure — for breast cancer is more urgent than ever,” said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, in a news release announcing the grant. The grant will be distributed over five years. It was awarded by the National Cancer Institute, a segment of the National Institutes of Health. The research involves harvesting, treating and re-administering a patient's healthy T cells to fight the disease.

The Clinic's Lerner Research Institute houses the health care system's laboratory-based translational and clinical research programs. The Clinic and its researchers have received several grants from the National Institutes of Health over the last year, including an $11.65 million grant to study cholesterol and $3.8 million grant to study the cellular processes that lead to heart failure.

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