Penn Medicine GI surgeons receive $6.5M for Barrett's esophagus research — 3 key notes

Gastroenterologists from Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania Medicine received a $6.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute for Barrett's esophagus research.

Here's what you should know:

1. Penn Medicine, New York City-based Columbia University and Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic partnered in 2011 to study the origins and pathogenesis of Barrett's esophagus. NCI awarded the group $8 million initially.

2. The researchers are currently studying the microbiome and how it helps Barrett's esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma develop.

3. Associate gastroenterology professor John Lynch, MD, PhD, said in a release, "We are grateful to the National Cancer Institute for this important continuation of funding. It will enable us to carry on our work with our partners, with the aim of converting our research findings into potential diagnosis, prevention, and treatment applications against this important disease."

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