The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation awarded its first grant for esophageal cancer research in July 2015. The charity awarded program director, Dr. Carlos Minacapelli and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnston Medical School grant funding.
The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute Council accepted Dr. Minacapelli’s abstract to be presented as a poster presentation during Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2017 held in Chicago, IL. The abstract is entitled “Effect of Benzo[a]pyrene along with Acid and Bile is highly carcinogenic as shown in the in-vitro Barrett’s Esophagus Carcinogenesis (BEC) model.”
Then in November, 2018, The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation awarded principal investigator, Dr. Donald Low and Virginia Mason Medical Center, grant funding. Dr. George Hanna of St Mary’s Hospital (Imperial College London) is co-investigator.
The research intends to establish a non-invasive test for the detection of esophageal cancer that is based upon the unique signature of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) within exhaled breath and to analyze exhaled VOCs in response to therapeutic intervention in patients.
Esophageal Cancer Research is Critically Underfunded:
Esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) is considered one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. Esophageal cancer (EAC) has increased over 600% in the past decades. Despite this, esophageal cancer research receives very little private or government funding.
In fact, the National Cancer Institute decreased its funding of esophageal cancer research by 15% in 2012. Esophageal cancer research only received a mere $28.0 million out of NCI’s total $5.07 billion budget.
In 2013, esophageal cancer research funding was again decreased. The National Cancer Institute invested only $26.5 million for esophageal cancer research out of their total $4.79 billion budget. However, $1.6 billion dollars was estimated to be spent on esophageal cancer treatment alone during 2014 in the U.S.
While The American Cancer Society reports that they funded 1,165 cancer research projects in 2014, only 8 of those research projects are related to esophageal cancer.
As of March 1, 2016, The American Cancer Society reports that they fund a total of 782 cancer research grants. Unfortunately, only 8 of these are for esophageal cancer research.
UPDATE: The American Cancer Society reports that they fund a total of 746 cancer research grants. Unfortunately, only 10 of these are for esophageal cancer research. (As of August 1, 2018)
While rates have dropped for other cancer types, esophageal cancer rates are skyrocketing!
There is a dire need for funding for esophageal cancer research. We believe that funding should be provided for innovative research projects which are aimed at improving current and discovering new diagnosis testing and treatment options
Combined with our other efforts in raising awareness and advocating for standard and routine early detection screenings, incidence and mortality rates will decrease.
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THE GRANT APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED
The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation funds research in the areas of prevention, screening and treatment of esophageal cancer. Grants will be distributed based on the following application process. All applicants must follow the application process and must meet all deadlines to be considered.
Grants will only be made to nonprofit organizations in the United States of America with certified as tax exempt under Sections 501(c)(3). Organizations that have completed and filed Form 1023 but not yet received an IRS determination letter are not eligible to apply. The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation will not consider any of the following for funding:
- Capital campaigns/ projects;
- Student research projects;
- General/indirect/administrative costs;
- Political lobbying or legislative activities;
- Annual funds, galas or other special-event fundraising activities;
- Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender or sexual orientation;
- Loans, scholarships, fellowships or grants to individuals.
To be placed on a list to be notified when the grant period is open, please email the foundation: salgifoundation at gmail.com. Include your name, email and the medical/research facility that will be conducting the research, with the subject: “Research Funding”. Any and all questions must be submitted through email only: salgifoundation at gmail.com with the subject: “Research Funding”.