PBCC Awards Penn State Researcher Yanming Wang with Refunds for Research Grant
24 March 2014 — The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) honored Penn State researcher Dr. Yanming Wang with a $50,000 grant in support of his cancer research on the 20th of March 2014. Dr. Wang is currently an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in The Eberly College of Science.
Twenty-year breast cancer survivor, PBCC founder and board president, Pat Haplin-Murphy, told the crowd how each year the PBCC awards its $50,000 grants to the best cancer researchers in the state. A peer committee of other top researchers in the field chooses recipients of the grant. A PBCC board member and Penn State researcher, Dr. Andrea Mastro was awarded the same grant in 2003.
The award is part of the more than $3 million raised by the PBCC from Pennsylvania citizens who donated a portion of their state tax refund to research.
The funds Dr. Wang received will go toward the development of his pre-clinical research on PAD4 inhibitors, which he developed in collaboration with Dr. Gong Chen, a chemist in the Chemistry Department. Dr. Wang said, “by switching off PAD4 with small molecule inhibitors, harmful inflammation and cancerous cell growth will be inhibited.” As such, his research offers hopeful treatment for cancers as well as acute and chronic immune disorders, such as I/R tissue damages, rheumatoid arthritis and heart diseases.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Wang thanked the PBCC, all the Pennsylvanians who donated a portion of their tax refund towards finding a cure, his lab members and his gene regulation colleagues, Drs. Song Tan, B. Frank Pugh, Joseph Reese and David Gilmour.
Be a part of the fight, please visit the PA Breast Cancer Coalition website on ways to give.