BIDDEFORD — The Maine Cancer Foundation recently awarded a $105,000 research grant to University of New England pharmacology faculty member Todd W. Vanderah, Ph.D.

The one-year award will allow Vanderah to research the mechanisms of breast cancer proliferation and formation of bone metastases, according to a press release from the university. Data generated from the funding will help attract additional funding from the National Institutes of Health to bring drug candidates forward to clinical trials. The funding also helps support a growing biotechnology community in Maine by providing science-related jobs for the state.

Vanderah is an internationally known researcher in the pain field and has authored over 100 scientific publications. He also brings expertise in drug discovery and development to Maine’s neuroscience community.