Oncologist and medical researcher Mamta Parikh has been chosen by the UC Davis Complete Most cancers Heart because the 2022 Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Analysis Award recipient. Parikh, an assistant professor of inside drugs within the Division of Hematology and Oncology, will obtain $25,000 to assist fund her analysis evaluating the function of immunotherapy in bladder most cancers.

Mamta Parikh
Mamta Parikh is the recipient of the 2022 Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Analysis Award 

The 15th Annual Spaghetti Western was held on June 18, 2022, to assist elevate cash for the Christine and Helen S. Landgraf Memorial Fund, which helps groundbreaking analysis at UC Davis Complete Most cancers Heart. The meals and wine occasion at Cooper Vineyards in Plymouth is placed on by the Amador Most cancers Analysis Basis (ACRF).

“I need to specific my deepest gratitude to the Landgraf household and the Amador Most cancers Analysis Basis for this award. Funding from the grant will permit us to conduct a pilot medical trial in sufferers with bladder most cancers to find out how we are able to stimulate the physique’s immune system to battle most cancers extra successfully in sufferers affected by this devastating illness,” stated Parikh.

Whereas immune checkpoint inhibitor remedy has been proven to be an lively remedy for bladder most cancers, many sufferers don’t reply to this remedy. Parikh and her collaborators are evaluating novel therapies geared toward enhancing the efficacy of immunotherapy by figuring out how the drug pembrolizumab (Keytruda) interacts with peptides that focus on key immune-related pathways.

Parikh’s medical analysis is targeted on enhancing outcomes in bladder, kidney and prostate most cancers by investigating new brokers in medical trials. She obtained her medical diploma from UC Davis College of Drugs and her undergraduate diploma in chemistry from Boston College in addition to a grasp’s in natural chemistry from UC Irvine.

The Christine and Helen S. Landgraf Memorial Fund has given annual grants to docs and analysis scientists at UC Davis Complete Most cancers Heart since 1973. The unique endowment was established in reminiscence of Christine Landgraf, who handed away from Hodgkin’s lymphoma on the age of 27. She was a affected person of oncologist Fred Meyers, who now leads the most cancers middle’s Workplace of Training, Coaching and Profession Improvement.  

The memorial fund supplies an annual scholarship to a junior college member engaged in most cancers analysis. Landgraf’s dad and mom, John and Helen Landgraf, longtime residents of Sacramento and Sutter Creek, began the fund.

UC Davis Complete Most cancers Heart

UC Davis Complete Most cancers Heart is the one Nationwide Most cancers Institute-designated middle serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a area of greater than 6 million folks. Its specialists present compassionate, complete take care of greater than 100,000 adults and youngsters yearly and entry to greater than 200 lively medical trials at any given time. Its modern analysis program engages greater than 240 scientists at UC Davis who work collaboratively to advance discovery of latest instruments to diagnose and deal with most cancers. Sufferers have entry to modern care, together with immunotherapy and different focused therapies. Its Workplace of Neighborhood Outreach and Engagement addresses disparities in most cancers outcomes throughout various populations, and the most cancers middle supplies complete training and workforce improvement packages for the following technology of clinicians and scientists. For extra data, go to most cancers.ucdavis.edu.


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