“With already low five year survival rates compounded by a trend of increased diagnoses in younger Americans, we believe this project can have a definitive and high impact in transforming the clinical practice for noninvasive screening in patients with gastric cancer,”
Gastric cancer survivor and President of STUPID STRONG.
This past year, STUPID STRONG awarded its first research grant of $151,974 to fund a proposal for the development of micro-RNA biomarkers for the early detection of patients with gastric cancer. The three year study is focused on the development of less invasive, accurate tests to detect gastric cancer early at a time when the disease is still treatable. Principal investigator, Dr. Ajay Goel, Director, Center for Gastrointestinal Research and Director, Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention & Cancer Genomics, intends to conduct research on the use of circulating biomarkers in the bloodstream, which could lead to a minimally invasive “liquid biopsy” to detect this deadly form of cancer. Since the process of carcinogenesis is driven by the development of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms, measuring changes in the genome using biomarkers is a means to achieve the goal of early detection.
STUPID STRONG is pleased to provide support to Baylor Health Care System Foundation for the proposed research study to identify a panel of microRNA biomarkers in blood that may be used for early detection of gastric cancer.
“I am honored at the opportunity to contribute to Stupid Strong’s vision of advancing research toward better diagnosis, treatment and the eventual cure of gastric cancer,”
Dr. Ajay Goel