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The American Association for Cancer Research and No Stomach For Cancer Partner to Offer a Gastric Cancer Research Fellowship

4/13/2018

​PHILADELPHIA--The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is pleased to join with No Stomach For Cancer to offer additional funding opportunities for gastric cancer research.

This new partnership will further expand the AACR’s gastric cancer research portfolio and represents a joint effort to encourage and support postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to conduct gastric cancer research and to establish a successful career path in this field. The proposed research may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological and must have direct applicability and relevance to gastric cancer.

“Stomach cancers are often diagnosed at an advanced stage, and the five-year survival rate for stage 4 stomach cancer is only 5 percent,” said Mitch Stoller, executive director of the AACR Foundation and vice president of philanthropy. “The AACR’s partnership with No Stomach For Cancer creates an opportunity for early-career investigators to develop innovative approaches to diagnose and treat stomach cancers.”

Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, No Stomach For Cancer is a worldwide thought leader in stomach cancer awareness and education. Since 2009, the organization has worked tirelessly to advance global advocacy and research, as well as to unite the caring power of people worldwide affected by stomach cancer.

“Our donors and the global gastric cancer community place a tremendous amount of trust in us to fund the most promising stomach cancer research,” said Jon Florin, executive director, No Stomach for Cancer. “Unfortunately, the amount of gastric cancer research that is funded and undertaken in the U.S. pales in comparison to most other cancers. Our organization has an acute focus on changing this trend. We seek to collaborate with like-minded institutions and peer groups to encourage the best and brightest researchers to help improve and promote more treatment options for stomach cancer patients. Our partnership with the AACR will increase necessary research funding and reinforce the need to do more.”

Julian Burks, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow at Georgetown University, has been selected as the first recipient of the AACR-No Stomach For Cancer Gastric Cancer Research Fellowship. He will formally accept the grant at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018, held April 14-18, in Chicago, Illinois. Burks’ research will focus on strategies to improve immunotherapies for gastric cancer. The fellowship will provide $55,000 over a one-year term, which will begin on July 1, 2018.