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Case Western Reserve receives prestigious $5.4 million grant to study esophageal cancer
Date:10/11/2011

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center are proud to announce the receipt of a highly competitive $5.4 million grant to study genetic determinants of Barrett's esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma. This five-year award from the National Cancer Institute will support the Barrett's Esophagus Translational Research Network (BETRNet), which consists of multiple centers collaborating to develop an understanding of the basis of Barrett's esophagus and its conversion to esophageal carcinoma. Researchers will also work to determine the role genetics and environmental factors play in the development and progression of these diseases, with the ultimate goal of reducing the mortality associated with this deadly cancer.

The BETRNet will be led by Amitabh Chak, MD, professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and a gastroenterologist at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center, a leading figure nationally in translational clinical gastrointestinal cancer research.

"Dr. Chak has assembled a world-class group of investigators, bringing this group to the forefront of teams in the country to address an exceptionally important public health issue," says Stanton Gerson, MD, Asa and Patricia Shiverick- Jane Shiverick (Tripp) Professor of Hematological Oncology, director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, and director of the Seidman Cancer Center at UH Case Medical Center.

"The awarding of this grant by the NCI now is truly a recognition that the best cancer research is performed most effectively by a team of expert investigators," says Dr. Chak.

The BETRNet will be co-directed by other leaders in cancer research: co-principal investigators Sanford Markowitz, MD, PhD, Ingalls Professor of Cancer Genetics at Case Western Reserve and oncologist at the Seidman Cancer Center at UH Case Medical Center; Nathan A. Berger, MD, Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine at Case Wes
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Contact: Jessica Studeny
jessica.studeny@case.edu
216-368-4692
Case Western Reserve University
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