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Tuesday Check Up: Cancer Vaccine Stymied By Lack Of Funds

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:33 AM

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Resistance to new ideas has stymied many medical breakthroughs - but imagine a groundbreaking new breast cancer vaccine that could potentially end that disease for women... depending more on donations from a Harley Davidson dealer and an area high school student, than from the National Institutes of Health? The impact of money on research.... is a focus of this week's Tuesday Check Up.

Ideastream’s Rick Jackson talked with the Plain Dealer’s Angela Townsend about her article, which outlines that in some ways, a local researcher’s cancer fighting vaccine is being shelved because of paperwork, too little funding, and internal medicinal politics.
But he’s not quitting. The conversations begins with who Vincent Tuohy is… and why he thought he was on the verge of a breakthrough.

His work is different from some ‘traditional’ studies, drawing skepticism in some circles.

He would need $6 to 10 million for conducting a clinical trial approved by the FDA, and is not getting support to raise it except for incidentals, from individuals who believe - and some from the Cleveland Clinic, which provides resources, but cannot provide that kind of cash.

He’s even gone to China this spring seeking big-donor support.

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Angela Townsend article
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