Rancho Santa Fe-based Hope for a Cure Foundation recently contributed several important pieces of equipment to a local cancer research lab. The gifts to Dr. Andrew Sharabi’s lab at University of California San Diego Moores Cancer Center will play a key role in advancing treatments for head and neck cancer patients.

The first piece of equipment funded was a Nikon TS2 Inverted Microscope with Camera Interface, which allows real-time video tracking of interactions between tumor cells and immune cells. The technology will improve not just research but also Dr. Sharabi’s ability to present his findings in presentations and publications.

The second piece of equipment is an Invitrogen Countess II FL Automated Cell Counter, which saves both time and research samples by automating the cell counting process.

Finally, Hope for a Cure Foundation donations have funded a research grant writer for the lab, in an effort to secure further funding and expand the scope of Dr. Sharabi’s research. His NIH R01 grant application was recently approved for funding.

Learn more at www.hopeforacurefoundation.org.