Interdisciplinary team wins grant to speed oral cancer testing

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 10:07

National Institutes of Health awards $420,000 to multidisciplinary team from Case Western Reserve University developing device for instantly detecting oral cancer

Mouth lesions are among the main early indicators of oral cancer, but determining whether a sore is actually malignant typically involves painful, costly biopsies.

Case Western Reserve researchers think they have a better idea—and the National Institutes of Health has given them $420,000 to advance it.

The project principal investigator is Aaron Weinberg, chair and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the School of Dental Medicine and professor of otolaryngology and pathology in the School of Medicine. He is joined by collaborators Umut Gurkan, the Warren E. Rupp Associate Professor at the Case School of Engineering; Anant Madabhushi, the F. Alex Nason Professor II of Biomedical Engineering and director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics; and Rod Rezaee, associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the School of Medicine and University Hospitals.