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UCLA Center for Excellence in Pancreatic Diseases

Principal Investigator: 
Vay Liang Go, M.D.

Address

University of California, Los Angeles Division of Digestive Diseases
900 Veteran Avenue, Warren Hall, Room 13-146
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1786
United States

Description

This center will study plant-derived compounds found in a variety of dietary and herbal supplements and traditional herbal medicines, including antioxidants such as curcumin (a component of the spice turmeric) and lycopene (the component that gives tomatoes their color), and preparations of green tea and Scutellaria baicalensis (a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine). Using animal models, the investigators will study the mechanisms and effects of these plant compounds on the prevention and/or treatment of pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).

Program: 
Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM