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Grant to aid cancer research at ECU

By Doug Boyd

An East Carolina University scientist has received a $45,000 grant from Triad Golfers Against Cancer.

Li Yang
The grant will help Dr. Li Yang, an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU, further his research into the interaction between tumors and their microenvironments, identify therapeutic targets and develop small molecules to modulate tumor microenvironment interaction for combination cancer therapy. Li’s research focuses on prostate cancer and melanoma, but is adaptable to other cancers.

Li’s project involves collaboration with Dr. Gordon Ibeanu at N.C. Central University.

Triad Golfers Against Cancer awarded $219,000 in grants this month to the four medical schools in North Carolina. Golfers Against Cancer, founded in 1997, is a national charitable organization. It has raised more than $18 million to fund cancer research.  For more information, go to


This story appeared originally in the April 30, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at