GDOL is a free one day event to help patients and caregivers learn more about this rare cancer, find support, and enhance their knowledge base to help them navigate their cancer journey.
The Life Raft Group has a simple focus: to cure a form of cancer — GIST — and to help those living with it until then. To do this, the Life Raft Group focuses on three key areas: research, patient support & education, and advocacy, which lay the foundation of our mission to ensure the survival of GIST patients through a comprehensive approach connecting individual patients’ needs, the worldwide community of GIST advocates and the global health and research environment.
We want to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in the 2018 GIST Education Conference and Luncheon. This event is always an excellent opportunity to connect and share information with patients, families, and friends who feel passionate about finding novel GIST treatments. Plus, we love the chance to see familiar faces and meet new people who care about GIST. Of course, we want to express our deep appreciation to the GCRF community for their incredibly generous donation. With your amazing fundraising efforts, we are able to continue to work hard to find a cure for this devastating disease.
Please be sure to watch our special Video of Dr. Heinrich and see below for links to the speakers’ presentations:
Dr. Michael Heinrich – Treatment of Imatinib-resistant GIST: The Next Generation
Lilli Klug – GCRF presentation 2018- Lilli Klug
Dr. Kevin G. Billingsley – Surgical Approaches to GIST in the Era of Targeted Therapy
Tracy Havnaer – How to Find and Participate in a GIST clinical trial 4 April 25, 2017
Join us for our annual 2018 GIST Educational Conference and Luncheon on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018, hosted by the GIST Cancer Research Fund and OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the latest GIST research at OHSU, ask questions, and share your experiences. We look forward to seeing you!
We are excited to congratulate our fearless leader, Dr. Michael Heinrich, on receiving the 2018 OHSU Clinical Scholar Research Award. This award recognizes physicians who have excelled in clinical research activity over the past year and allows them time to pursue even more innovative research during the coming year in an effort to discover new cancer prevention or treatment therapies.
We have a new graduate student in the Heinrich Lab, so please join us in welcoming Jason Kent! Jason is currently pursuing his PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology at OHSU. He has been a part of the Heinrich Lab since the spring of 2017. He graduated with a B.S in Biochemistry at California Polytechnic State University San Luis
Obispo in 2014. Jason is using a functional yeast model to study SDH deficiency in GIST.
We are so proud to congratulate our graduate students, Dr. Lillian Klug and Dr. Amber Bannon, on their successful completion of PhD programs at OHSU! Dr. Klug presented her dissertation, “LMTK3 is necessary for oncogenic signaling and survival in KIT-mutant GIST and melanoma,” on Friday, September 22nd, 2017, and obtained her doctorate from the OHSU Cancer Biology Program. Dr. Bannon presented her dissertation, “Translating Genetic Data into Actionable Clinical Guidelines: SDHA Variants of Unknown Significance in GIST,” on Friday, September 29th, 2017, and obtained her doctorate from the OHSU Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. We have watched these ladies grow so much over the years and their contributions to GIST research and future therapies are invaluable!
Thank you so much to all of the participants who joined us for the 2017 GIST Education Conference and Luncheon. The event was not only informative for patients and researchers, it was an excellent opportunity to connect with each other. Additionally, we want to express our gratitude to the GCRF for their incredibly generous donation. With your amazing fundraising efforts, we are able to continue to work hard to find a cure for this devastating disease.
Please be sure to watch our special Lab Tour video and see below for links to the speakers’ presentations.
Dr. Christopher Corless – Welcome
Amanda Bryant – Nutrition for Patients with GIST
Tracy Walker – How to Find and Participate in a GIST Clinical Trial
Lilli Klug – Exploring New Therapeutic Targets in GIST
Amber Bannon – Understanding SDH Mutations in GIST
Dr. Michael Heinrich – GIST Treatment Update
Please join us for our annual 2017 GIST Conference on Tuesday, May 9th, in the CLSB on Portland’s beautiful South Waterfront campus. We look forward to seeing your familiar faces and sharing updates on our research!
To encourage cancer prevention awareness during National Cancer Prevention Month, here are a few informational links for our patients, families, and friends. Please join us in promoting cancer education and donating to cancer research so we can fight GIST and other cancers.
GIST Cancer Research Foundation
GIST Support International
American Institute for Cancer Research
American Association for Cancer Research