Nicholas G. Nickols, MD, PhD, an attending physician at the West Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 VALOR Young Investigator Award by the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The grant will advance his research in identifying the biologic mechanisms that drive the spread of incurable prostate cancer in men with the disease.
Dr. Nickols is conducting a trial combining surgery, stereotactic radiotherapy, and enhanced hormonal therapy in men with oligometastatic prostate cancer. He and his team will use genomic profiling to identify the specific biologic features that promote metastasis.
The $225,000 grant will provide support for an office or lab space, equipment, staff, and 3 years of research support. ■