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New Grants Allow Researchers to Expand Studies

Detecting breast cancer with a simple blood test is the goal of local research set for funding by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. This year, for the Sioux Falls region, Komen awarded $450,000 in grant money over three years to Kristi Egland, PhD with Sanford Research/USD for research into a blood test that can spot breast cancer sooner than ever before and without the need for mammography.


Kristi Egland, PhD

William Harris, PhD
 

Egland Receives Grant From Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Detecting breast cancer with a simple blood test is the goal of local research set for funding by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. This year, for the Sioux Falls region, Komen awarded $450,000 in grant money over three years to Kristi Egland, PhD with Sanford Research/USD for research into a blood test that can spot breast cancer sooner than ever before and without the need for mammography.

“This award demonstrates that nationally competitive breast cancer research is being done right here in South Dakota at Sanford,” said Dr. Egland.

The study at Sanford Research/USD is part of this year’s $60 million portfolio of research grants that Komen for the Cure® is investing with scientists worldwide to find the cures for breast cancer and to end the disease for women and men around the globe.

Harris to Study Connection between Omega-3 Fatty Acid and Dementia

The first wave of new research that could help dementia patients is now underway at Sanford Research/USD under the direction of William Harris, PhD. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded Dr. Harris a $730,000 grant over two years.

Dr. Harris’ team will examine nearly 7,500 blood samples and determine if high blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids could delay the onset of dementia, as well as improve overall brain function and mental health in postmenopausal women.

“If our idea is correct, middle-aged women would be strongly encouraged to increase their intake of fish or fish oil supplements with the hope of delaying a loss in mental function as they age,” stated Dr. Harris.