Collaboration Leads to New Research Scholar Grant

Radiation Combined with Immunotherapy for Colorectal Cancer

October 6, 2015

Khan and BensonCollaboration between Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and Georgia State University has resulted in a $792,000 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society. Winship Member Charlie Garnett Benson, PhD, is the principal investigator on the grant and Mohammad K. Khan, MD, PhD, DABR, assistant professor and Medical Student Clerkship director in the Department of Radiation Oncology, is the scientific consultant.
Benson is assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Georgia State University and also part of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics Research Program at Winship developing novel therapeutic approaches for the detection and treatment of cancer. This grant will fund work in Benson’s lab to determine how T-cells are upregulated to fight colorectal cancers after radiation, and how radiation response can potentially be enhanced when combined with immunotherapy.