Targeting nerves in tumours to enhance anti-cancer immunity

Grant number: 2002772 | Funding period: 2021 - 2023

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Abstract

The cancer journey is an incredibly stressful experience for patients. We discovered that stress stops immune cells and helps cancer spread. The goal of this study is to reveal how stress signals alter anti-cancer immunity and impacts cancer treatments. We will use elegant tools from neuroscience and immunology to define if blocking stress helps the immune cells that kill cancer and explore how blocking stress can improve standard anti-cancer drugs, including chemotherapy and immunotherapy.

University of Melbourne Researchers