New drugs targeting tumours and blindness

Grant number: 566911 | Funding period: 2009 - 2011



Understanding blood vessel growth has profound clinical implications for many diseases. Blocking vessel growth is a promising strategy for treatment of cancer and eye complications accompanying diabetes, whereas treatments to stimulate new vessel growth will treat ischemic disorders ie. heart attack and stroke. Here we investigate whether targeting an enzyme that grows blood vessels has potential for making drugs to stop tumor growth or eye damage that occurs with diabetes and premature births.