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Sarpong wins American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant

Richmond Sarpong
Richmond Sarpong

December 15, 2008

Chemistry professor Richmond Sarpong has won a Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society. The four-year, $720,000 grant will allow the Sarpong group to focus on synthesizing natural products and related small molecules for cancer therapy.

"Over 80% of the deaths associated with cancer can be attributed to processes that may be countered with drugs based on small molecules," says Sarpong. "My lab is interested in learning how to synthesize novel small molecules based on natural products. We are very grateful to the ACS for their support of our work."

Sarpong and colleagues are interested in a class of rearranged steroid natural products known as the cortistatins, which are potent inhibitors of angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels that is critical for tumor growth.

The American Cancer Society is headquartered in Atlanta, GA, and is comprised of 13 regional divisions with local offices in 3,400 communities. The society has been identifying and funding major contributions to cancer research for over 60 years, and recipients of ACS awards include 42 Nobel laureates.

More Information

Sarpong Department of Chemistry Faculty webpage 
Sarpong Research Group
American Cancer Society

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