First Foundation Research Scholar Close to Publishing Results

In 2014, the Gastric Cancer Foundation and the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) awarded a $270,000 three-year research grant to support innovative research in gastric cancer. Dr. Mohamed El-Zaatari, PhD, from the University of Michigan’s winning application focused on studying how chronic inflammation causes certain cells to become malignant and changes in inflamed stomach tissue that lead to precancerous conditions.

El-Zaatari’s is preparing to publish two papers in fall 2016 with his initial results and applying for larger grants as result of this work.

“This grant has enabled me to pursue research and show substantial results so I can seek larger grants to continue these important studies. With grants like this one, the Foundation has the ability to develop an army of investigators to pursue research on this scarcely funded cancer.” Dr. Mohamad El-Zaatari, first Foundation Research Scholar, 2016

Read more about Dr. El-Zaatari’s work in our Spring 2014 Newsletter.

About the Foundation’s Research Program

In 2013, the Gastric Cancer Foundation established a partnership with the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation to initiate a research grant program in gastric cancer. The AGA Institute is matching Gastric Cancer Foundation’s commitment of $1,125,000, to create a $2,250,000 endowment to fund young investigators who are researching the fundamental pathobiology of gastric cancer. Research data will be used to understand and ultimately prevent or develop a cure for these diseases.

AGA–Gastric Cancer Foundation Research Scholar Awards in Gastric Cancer provide young researchers with $90,000 per year for three years. Research data will be used to understand and ultimately prevent or develop a cure for the disease. These efforts will be strengthened by Gastric Cancer Foundation’s continuing investments in the Gastric Cancer Registry and Genomic Sequencing. Researchers interested in applying for the AGA-Gastric Cancer Foundation Research Scholar Award in Gastric and Esophageal Cancer should visit