Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced Stony Brook University has been awarded $361,779 in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services for cancer biology research.
“The incredible researchers at Stony Brook University are among the best and brightest,” said Congressman Zeldin. “It’s critical that they have the funding and resources they need to foster scientific developments, like cancer treatments, that affect the lives of so many Long Islanders, New Yorkers and Americans.”
“Our work is focused on understanding how metabolism of certain lipids (fats) is different between normal cells and cancer cells,” said Assistant Professor of Research Christopher Clarke, PhD. “This award will help us study how such ‘reprogramming’ of lipids can drive breast cancer metastasis – where cancer spreads from the primary tumor throughout the body. This could ultimately help us develop new treatments for metastatic breast cancer and identify a new biomarker of tumors that are more prone to spread.”
Founded in the late 1800s, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the federal government responsible for biomedical and public health research, conducting its own research and providing research grants to non-NIH research facilities. Last year, Congressman Zeldin urged Congress to fund NIH at $44.7 billion, a $3 billion increase over the previous year.