Thank you, GCRF Patients, Families, and Friends!

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

Welcome to the Heinrich Lab, Jason!

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. 

Congratulations, Lilli and Amber!

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, GCRF!

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.

PowerPoint 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

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February is National Cancer Prevention Month

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

Mayo Clinic

 

2016 GCRF Conference and Luncheon

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We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in the 2016 Annual GCRF Conference and Luncheon. It was wonderful to see so many of you and we hope you found a sense of community, patient support and helpful information at this event.  Additionally, we want to thank 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 click on the following links to view the presentations from the Conference:
Video of Dr. Heinrich’s Research Presentation

PowerPoint Presentations:
Research Updates
Surgery Updates
How to Find and Participate in a GIST clinical trial
Nutrition for Patients with GIST

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2016 GIST Day of Learning

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the GIST Day of Learning on March 30th.  We had a wonderful turn out and hope everyone gained some insight and made new connections.  We’ve uploaded a video of the presentation for you to view, along with the following photos from the event.

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2015 GIST Educational Conference and Luncheon

On April 21st, 2015, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the GIST Cancer Research Fund hosted the Annual GIST Educational Conference, which provided an opportunity for Dr. Chris Corless, Dr. Michael Heinrich, Ms. Caroline Macuiba, and Dr. Brian Druker to speak to patients and their families about some of the advancements made in GIST cancer research during the last year.  In addition to gaining insight and information about this horrible disease, this event is a chance to reconnect with familiar faces and share in our hope for a cure.  The GCRF also presented us with a generous donation of $100,000 for continuing research.  We could not be more thankful for their amazing fundraising efforts.  Our motivation to find a cure is more enthusiastic than ever before.

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