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TGen Foundation launches 'globalCure,' targets pancreatic cancer
Date:3/10/2011

PHOENIX, Ariz. March 10, 2011 In an effort to improve treatment and one day find a cure for pancreatic cancer, the TGen Foundation today joined with key donors and community leaders to announce the creation of globalCure.

The backbone of globalCure is an alliance between TGen and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Team (PCRT), which includes leading pancreatic cancer scientists, physicians and researchers, armed with the most technologically advanced tools and resources, at 46 institutions worldwide.

Pancreatic cancer claims the lives of more than 42,000 Americans and more than 235,000 people worldwide annually, making it the fourth-leading cause of cancer death.

Funds generated through globalCure will enable an international team of physicians to move quickly on promising new clinical therapies. Specifically, the funds will enable globalCure supported scientists and clinicians to: identify biomarkers of diagnostic value, as well as those that constitute new drug targets in pancreatic cancer; identify and optimize new agents that affect the activity of those targets; and evaluate new agents and take the most promising ones to clinical trials for patients in advanced stages of the disease.

"The globalCure initiative is a coordinated world wide effort to extend the lives of patients battling pancreatic cancer right now with the ultimate goal of curing this disease," said Derrick Hall, President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks and a member of the globalCure National Advisory Council.

Research and clinical efforts supported by globalCure will focus on identifying genes that may reveal a predisposition to getting the disease, and understanding the genetic changes contributing to disease progression and resistance to therapy.

Strategically, the initiative seeks to impact the lives of patients with pancreatic cancer by first extending their life expectancy.

Oncologists participating in globalCure, inclu
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Contact: Steve Yozwiak
syozwiak@tgen.org
602-343-8704
The Translational Genomics Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert

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