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UCLA scientist awarded grant to identify the drivers of prostate cancer metastasis

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Dr. Nicholas Nickols
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Nicholas Nickols

Dr. Nicholas G. Nickols, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the David School of Medicine at UCLA and an attending physician at the West LA VA, has been awarded the 2017 VALOR Young Investigator Award by the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The $225,000 grant will advance his research in identifying the biological mechanisms that drive the spread of incurable prostate cancer.

Nickols, a member of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is conducting a trial combining surgery, stereotactic radiotherapy and enhanced hormonal therapy in men with oligometastatic prostate cancer, a state of the disease in which the prostate cancer has five or fewer metastases. He hopes his research will help scientists identify key features of potentially lethal primary prostate tumors and lead to the development of new ways to predict, treat and prevent metastasis in prostate and other cancers. 

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the world’s leading philanthropic organization in the funding of prostate cancer research. With a primary focus on empowering future research leaders, the Young Investigator Award honors early career scientists who are focused on accelerating the development of life-extending and life-saving therapies for men living with prostate cancer. 

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among men in the United States. About one man in seven will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime. Almost 30,000 men in the United States die of this disease each year.

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