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Dunn awarded cancer fellowship

Will support neurosurgeon’s studies of brain cancer

June 20, 2017

Gavin Dunn, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award. The three-year award will support his investigations into how the body’s immune system can be harnessed to fight brain cancer.

Dunn, who also is a member of the Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs, focuses on glioblastoma, the most deadly form of brain cancer. He studies how the immune system recognizes brain cancer cells and how it can be harnessed to treat patients with glioblastoma.

Dunn earned his medical and doctoral degrees from Washington University in 2006 and joined the faculty in 2014.

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation funds scientists it believes have the highest potential to revolutionize how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.