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UTHSC and The Kosten Foundation to Host Purple Night October 6

UTHSC’s pancreatic cancer research efforts are led by Dr. Subhash Chauhan (left). He is pictured with Alan Kosten of the Kosten Foundation. (Photo courtesy of the Kosten Foundation)

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Kosten Foundation’s annual Purple Night will showcase advances by UTHSC’s Pancreatic Cancer Research Team in the fight against pancreatic cancer. The event will be held on October 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in UTHSC’s College of Pharmacy, Suite 102, 881 Madison Avenue.

Guests will learn about the research team’s advancements, meet pancreatic cancer survivors, and be able to talk with a nutritionist and an aesthetician. Many of the scientists performing the research are or were Kosten Fellows, and all of the research is being performed in The Dermon II Family and Herb Kosten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, which was established on campus through a $200,000 grant from the Kosten Foundation in 2016.

“The UTHSC Pancreatic Cancer Research team has received about $3.4 million from the NIH/National Cancer Institute for the development of effective pancreatic cancer therapeutics,” said Sheema Khan, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. “The Kosten Foundation has awarded us $300,000 this year toward early detection research and the development of novel therapeutics. They are invested in the future of pancreatic cancer research.”

Dinner will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Anyone wishing to learn more about the Kosten Foundation, the research it is involved in, as well as the free pancreatic cancer support group the foundation offers, is invited to attend. RSVP by September 30.