Brandon Faubert, PhD student in physiology at McGill University, is the award winner of the Fonds Santé, one of the three Fonds awards of the Fonds de recherche du Québec. His award-winning publication “AMPK Is a Negative Regulator of the Warburg Effect and Suppresses Tumor Growth In Vivo” is published in Cell Metabolism, 17(1):113-24.

His research involves examining how cancer cells use nutrients and resources to support their growth. Better understanding these mechanisms will hopefully help target how cancer cells fuel themselves in an effort to utilize more personalized approaches to the treatment of cancer. Additionally, AMPK is one of the proteins responsible for the effect of Metformin, a widely-prescribed diabetes drug that is now being investigated for its role in cancer treatment. This study, along with others, may explain why Metformin may work as a new cancer treatment.

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June 6, 2013