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



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


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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Lilli Klug receives AACR 2016 Women in Cancer Scholar Award


We are proud to announce that our graduate student, Lilli Klug, will receive an American Association for Cancer Research 2016 Women in Cancer Scholar Award at this year’s conference in New Orleans.  Congratulations, Lilli!

Abstract 191: LMTK3 is a novel regulator of oncogenic KIT in KIT-mutant cancers
Poster Session: Kinases and Phosphatases – #16
Sunday, April 17, 1 – 5 p.m.



Lillian Rose Klug, BS

Graduate Student
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon

The ultimate goal of my research is to identify novel targets that may lead to improved therapies for patients with imatinib-resistant KIT-mutant cancers. I find this translational potential of cancer biology research incredibly rewarding and intend to pursue this goal throughout my career.”



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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