Grant ID RR220021
Awarded On November 18, 2021
Title Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Program CPRIT Scholar
Award Mechanism Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Institution/Organization Texas A&M University
Principal Investigator/Program Director Wanhe Li
Cancer Sites All Sites
Contracted Amount $2,000,000
Summary of Goals and Objectives

Chronic stress is increasingly being recognized as a major risk factor for cancer. Living with cancer impacts brain’s cognitive processing of stress. However, the true relationship between chronic stress and cancer is unknown, because it is difficult to measure the perception of chronic stress in cancer patients. I have exploited the Drosophila model and developed a novel framework to study the perception and central processing of social isolation, a highly relevant etiological stress factor for chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and depression. Perception of social isolation is known to promote tumor progression in Drosophila. The goal of this proposal is to combine this framework ...

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