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Karmanos’ NCVAC program receives $75,000 grant from Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

The National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers (NCVAC) at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has received a $75,000 grant from the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation). The grant will help the center continue its work treating individuals diagnosed with these life-threatening diseases.

More specifically, the grant will be used to continue NCVAC’s work and cooperation with the Meso Foundation, the National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank, New York University’s Mesothelioma Program, Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Asbestos Program in New York, and the continued development, execution and publication of findings arising from NCVAC’s own tissue bank and tumor marker program.

Additionally, NCVAC will use the grant to continue physician education and consultation support; early diagnosis programs with trade unions; outreach to asbestos-exposed populations; identification of and securing of additional funding; and the continuation of all program activities, including advocacy, research and education.

NCVAC is headed by Michael Harbut, M.D., MPH, FCCP, director of the Environmental Cancer Program at Karmanos, and Ann Schwartz, executive vice president of Research and Academic Affairs at Karmanos and Wayne State University School of Medicine.

The center’s goals are to implement an aggressive early detection and treatment program; define populations at increased risk; increase the basic scientific understanding of asbestos-related diseases; intensify physician education of asbestos-related diseases; and develop ways to quickly test people potentially affected by chronic asbestos exposure.

“The Meso Foundation’s very generous grant will allow our dedicated and passionate researchers at NCVAC to continue their work in treating and studying individuals with asbestos-related disease,” Dr. Harbut said. “It is imperative that we continue our research in these types of diseases since asbestos and vermiculite are so prevalent in our environment.”

The Meso Foundation is a national organization dedicated to finding a cure and eradicating mesothelioma as a life-ending disease by funding the highest quality and most promising mesothelioma research projects from around the world through a rigorous peer-reviewed process; helping mesothelioma patients connect with national mesothelioma experts and obtain the most up-to-date information on treatment options; and advocating in Washington D.C. for federal mesothelioma research funding.

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