GCF Newsletter : May 2017

Board Approves Proposal for Expanded Gastric Cancer Registry 

At its April meeting, the Gastric Cancer Foundation Board of Directors approved a proposal from Stanford University to make the Gastric Cancer Registry a more robust and accessible tool for patients, clinicians and biomedical researchers.
“I believe this proposal will result in rapid growth and diversification of the Registry, which in turn will drive this field forward and ultimately lead to major discoveries and contributions in the field of gastric cancer,” said Board member Lincoln Nadauld, MD, PhD, Director of Cancer Genomics at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah.
Through this proposal, the Foundation will greatly increase funding to accelerate growth and impact the Registry by enhancing the patient registration process and stimulating new collaborations with hospitals and medical centers across the country and around the world.
Details are being finalized. Look for more information in upcoming newsletters and learn more about  the Registry.

What’s Cooking in the Gesundheidt Kitchen?

Acclaimed chef and Board Member, Hans Rueffert, shares a delicious plant-based dishthat became a staple for him when learning to eat after his gastric cancer surgery. Hans and the Foundation are sharing these recipes in response to your many requests. Stay tuned for more delicious and nutritious recipes in coming issues.

Foundation Prepares for New Leadership

Wayne Feinstein, center, will step down as the Foundation Board chairman in July. Paul Gottsegen, left, from New Jersey, and Alice Leung, of Oakland, CA, will become Co-Chairs.
 
“It has been an honor to lead the Foundation and work with committed individuals and medical professionals in advancing gastric cancer research and establishing the first HIPAA compliant Registry,” Wayne Feinstein said when announcing that he would be stepping down from the chairmanship this summer. He will remain an active member of the Board.
 
At the recent Board meeting, Feinstein was commended for his superior dedication and leadership since assuming the chairmanship in 2013. The Foundation will pay tribute to Feinstein at this year’s A CAUSE FOR HOPE event in November (see below).
 
Feinstein joined with founder JP Gallagher to establish the foundation in 2009. He became involved while his son was in treatment for gastric cancer. Ben Feinstein lost his battle with the disease at age 20.
 
Board members Alice Leung and Paul Gottsegen will assume their new roles as Foundation Co-Chairs in mid-June. Both have been active in helping the Foundation expand its visibility and sharpen its strategic focus over the past several years. Alice came to the Foundation after a long career in the biomedical field and has a wealth of knowledge regarding cancer drug development experience.
 
Paul was a close friend of founder JP Gallagher. He has an impressive blend of business acumen and marketing knowledge from his nearly 30 year career in international business and marketing. He is currently Senior VP, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer for Mindtree, a global information technology solutions company.

Meet Our New Board Members

Susanna Nichols  from New Canaan, CT, and Jeff Schottenstein  from Marin County, CA, are the most recent additions to the Foundation Board. Susanna is a founding partner of Amity Search Partners LLC, one of the leading executive research firms servicing the alternative asset management industry with New York City, Boston, and San Francisco offices. Jeff is a Managing Director with the Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group in San Francisco after more than 20 years in the investment field.
 
Both have lost spouses to gastric cancer and are dedicated to supporting gastric cancer research and finding new discoveries to improve the lives of patients. Get to know them here.
 
SAVE THE DATE
Friday, November 17th, 2017
 
The Foundation’s major annual event will be a tribute to Wayne Feinstein who has been instrumental in the development of the Foundation’s flagship projects to expand gastric cancer research and fund young investigators. This event is a highlight of Gastric Cancer Awareness Month and one you won’t want to miss. 
 
Join us Friday, November 17 at the Peninsula Golf & Country Club on the San Francisco Peninsula.
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