Clipping prostate cancer’s wings
Dr Jennifer Munkley
Dates: August 2021 – August 2023
Location: Newcastle University
The Scientist Said...
“We know that these glycan sugars are found at very high levels in tumours and blood from men whose prostate cancer has spread to the bone, and we’ve shown that these sugars increase not only tumour growth but also how likely the cancer is to spread to other parts of the body, in particular, to the bone. This represents an important opportunity because drugs targeting these sugars have already been successfully developed in other diseases and in this project we intend to repurpose those drugs to also benefit men with advanced prostate cancer.
The PCR charity really has a focus on advanced prostate cancer and that’s where the problem is, and that aligned with what we wanted to do with this project. Our long-term goal for this project is that we can use the data that we generate to translate into clinical trials to benefit men with advanced prostate cancer.”