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Long Island Student Gets Nat’l Award For Lung Cancer Research

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - Although the research was complex, the goal for one Long Island teenager was simple – to help treat patients with lung cancer.

WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall On The Story


Seventeen-year-old Blake Smith, an Oceanside High School senior, received $15,000 in scholarship money and high honors after Smith, along with his teammate, came in fourth place in the Siemens research competition.

“We basically repurposed FDA-approved anti-psychotic drugs and made them more anti-cancer, basically. So, we collaborated with chemists who made derivatives that can be¬†used, basically, to treat this subset of lung cancer,” Smith told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

Smith hopes to be excepted into the University of Pennsylvania.

His teammate is also a local boy, 16-year-old Vickram Gidwani, a junior at Horace Mann High School in the Bronx.

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