Targeting the angiogenic and osteoclastic pathways in spinal cancer
This project is will determine the efficiency of treatment therapies in inhibiting disease progression by targeting cancer-specific growth factors and pathways.
Bone metastases are incurable leaving only palliative care as a treatment option. Therapies that target key pathways mediating tumour migration and establishment at bone sites may prevent or delay the irreversible effects of bone fractures and onset of pain that eventuate. Our established mouse model of spinal cancer provides an ideal platform to test potential therapies as it closely resembles the human condition and tumour growth and spread into the spine can be closely tracked and assessed. The current proposal will test the following treatments, inhibition of angiogenic activity using the multi kinase inhibitor, Sorafenib and inhibition of osteoclastic bone resorption using the bisphosphonates, Denosumab and Zoledronic Acid.
To assess the effects of Sorafenib, Denosumab and Zoledronic Acid on tumour growth, invasion of the spine and spinal fracture and compression we will use a range of innovative imaging modalities including X-ray, CT and PET scanning as well as Bioluminescense imaging.
This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.