TAMPA, Fla. – Gary W. Reuther, Ph.D., associate member of the Cancer Biology and Evolution Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, received a $100,000 research grant from the MPN Foundation and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®. The award is part of the Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN) Challenge, an annual program that distributes $1 million to select researchers who are studying the factors that induce fibrosis in bone marrow, in hopes of stopping or reversing this disease.
Reuther’s research focuses on understanding the significance of the JAK2-V617F mutation in myeloproliferative neoplasms. JAK2 is a tyrosine kinase and the V617F mutation leads to constant kinase activity, which progresses MPN. Reuther and his team are working on JAK2 inhibitors, as well as other alternative strategies to target MPN cells.
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