We are committed to supporting research which seeks to reveal the important roles of nutrition, exercise and complementary medicine in colon cancer prevention and treatment. Funding for research in these key areas is significantly lacking when compared to the tremendous amount of money that is spent on the development of oncology pharmaceuticals. It is our hope to balance the cancer research pendulum by supporting research aimed at understanding the role of nutrition and lifestyle modifications in colon cancer prevention and treatment. Through collaboration with the tremendous expertise of the scientists, researchers and doctors at Johns Hopkins, we are able to encourage a rigorous and scientific approach to exploring the role of nutrition, exercise and complementary medicine in colon cancer. Some of the greatest strides against cancer have been made though adopting simple prevention techniques and healthy lifestyle changes. It is our goal to further these developments and uncover the science of prevention.
Research Grants Awarded:
Our first research grant is awarded to Dr. Francis Giardiello to further support his research into the role of curcumin (a yellow pigment extracted from turmeric) in treating and preventing colorectal polyps. The results of a small but informative clinical trial led by Dr. Giardiello at Johns Hopkins showed that a pill containing curcumin reduced both the size and number of precancerous lesions in the colon. Our grant will help to enable Dr. Giardiello enlarge the patient population being studied to gain a greater understanding of the role of curcumin in preventing polyp development.
More information on the role of curcumin in colorectal cancer and a full summary of the results of Dr. Giardiello's pilot study of curcumin.