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AutoNation Institute for Breast Cancer Research and Care

AutoNation and racing champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay, endowed NSU’s AutoNation Institute for Breast Cancer Research and Care in 2016. 

Our mission is to eradicate breast cancer through prevention as well as development of new clinical strategies that involve personalized medicine. 

Our focus is:

  • analyzing ancestry-specific sensitivity to environmental chemicals present in S. Florida
  • establishing a Live Cell Breast and Tumor Bank that is focused on minority and underserved populations  prevalent in South Florida
  • evaluating the epigenetics of cancer cells and determining uses of microRNA  to prevent drug resistance 
  • generating targeted cancer therapies based on genomics, transcriptomics and pharmacogenomics,
  • testing chemicals included in consumer products to determine if there is a link to cancer, and educating the public and regulatory agencies of concerning findings
  • using blood tests to assess biomarkers that indicate if a patient is predisposed to cancer and assessing whether patients will be responsive to chemotherapy

Our investigators have been funded by the NIH /NCI, DOD CDRMP, Komen Foundation, American Cancer Society and are currently funded by the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation and NIH URISE programs.

NSU’s AutoNation Institute for Breast Cancer Research and Care is housed in the university’s Center for Collaborative Research (CCR), one of the largest (215,000 sq. ft.) and most advanced research facilities in Florida.

AutoNation is the largest car dealership in the US.  Visit the AutoNation website here.

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