In May, Jose Saenz, MD, PhD, was named our second Research Scholar with a grant of $90,000 annually for the next three years. This award is a collaboration of our Foundation and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).
We asked Dr. Saenz to shed light on his upcoming research at Washington University in St. Louis:
"Infection with the gastric bacterium,
Helicobacter pylori is the greatest risk factor for developing gastric cancer. If we can begin to understand how
Helicobacter pylori genetically adapts to different regions of the stomach, this may clue us to which bacterial genes are important for survival in these regions, and we can begin to target these genes therapeutically. Then we will be able to detect patients with an increased risk based on the bacterial profiles."