Published: 22 May 2015

Movember money funds Surrey prostate-cancer research

Professor Hardev Pandha's team awarded almost £50,000 from Prostate Cancer UK's Movember Foundation.

Researchers from the University of Surrey have received a grant of £46,776 to explore the development of a novel therapy combining viruses with drugs that enhance the immune system to treat prostate cancer. The grant is part of a £2million wave of Movember Foundation Project Grants and Pilot Awards made by Prostate Cancer UK.

Professor Hardev Pandha, who will be leading the two year project in the Department of Microbial and Cellular Sciences at the University said: “At the moment there aren’t any drugs which manage advanced prostate cancer in the long term – all the current options eventually stop working. We will be using this grant to tackle this issue head on.

"We know from previous studies that some live viruses such as the ‘reovirus’ can kill cancer cells and in doing so stimulate the body’s immune system to kill more cells, thus rapidly shrinking dangerous tumours. We plan to develop a novel therapy which combines this virus with drugs that make the immune system’s response even stronger, to develop a long lasting method for defending the body against advanced disease.”

"All the current options for managing advanced prostate cancer eventually stop working. We will be using this grant to tackle this issue head on."

Professor Hardev Pandha
Department of Microbial and Cellular Sciences

The grant was awarded via a competitive process and was subject to detailed assessment from international experts and the Prostate Cancer UK Research Advisory Committee. All of the projects which are to receive funding were chosen because of their extremely high quality and relevance to men with prostate cancer.

Sarah Coghlan, UK Country Director, Movember Foundation, comments: “It's through the efforts of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas in Surrey and thousands more across the country that we have been able to fund such vital research to address the key challenges in prostate cancer. With continued support we can do more so that fewer men die from prostate cancer, and those that live can enjoy happier, healthier, longer lives.”

The Movember Foundation is a global men’s health charity which raises vital funds and awareness for the often ignored issues of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health. It is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world each November.

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