Institute scientist awarded nearly $4 million for leukemia research

Brett Bachtle
Updated: January 13, 2021 05:26 PM
Created: January 13, 2021 04:57 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A scientist at The Hormel Institute in Austin has been awarded a major grant to research a new leukemia study.

Dr. Shujun Liu was awarded nearly $4 million from National Institutes of Health to support research to identify targets to stop leukemia from progressing.

“If I have money to support my study and let my idea become true, eventually I will find a way to save people,” said Dr. Liu.

Executive Director of The Hormel Institute Robert Clarke says he’s extremely proud of the important research. Currently, grant funding has been limited because the extremely tightened federal budget, but securing it at any time is a tremendously competitive process.

“We are taking the institute, I think, on a new journey that will take it to the next level,” Clarke said.

Dr. Liu will research the progression of cancer in patients with acute myeloid leukemia.

“This disease is very aggressive and also getting worse quickly if the treatment is not appropriate or if without treatment,” said Dr. Liu.

Dr. Liu will study the gene pathways that survive initial treatment. Then, develop a medicine that will prevent the reoccurrence of the cancer.

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