Dana-Farber Awarded Grant to Research Relationship between Microbes and Cancer
Cancer Institute, a Council member, was
recently awarded a $25 million grant to conduct research about how specific microbes
in the body may lead to colorectal cancer. The grant from Cancer Research UK
was awarded to Dana-Farber alone out of 130 teams who had applied for the
With this funding, Dana-Farber will research the difference
between healthy microbiomes and those related to cancer. The researchers will
also attempt to manipulate the microbiomes to prevent and treat cancer. The
National Cancer Institute estimates that colorectal cancer will be the
third-most common cancer diagnosed in 2018.
Dr. Matthew Meyerson, one of the investigators on the new
project, said “Microbiome research has already thrown up a range of unexpected
findings. With new genomic technologies, we can map the microbiome in
incredible detail, so now is the right time to be investigation the phenomenon
The NEC congratulates Dana-Farber on this impressive accomplishment and for its enterprise to better understand and treat cancer.