New funding to UC Riverside to significantly boost cancer, ALS research

(University of California - Riverside) Maurizio Pellecchia at the University of California, Riverside has received two grants to continue his research aimed at finding therapeutics for cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other neurodegenerative diseases. The first grant from the US-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine totals $190,000 for two years. The second is a nearly $2.3 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
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