Stomach cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and is strongly associated with the development of stomach inflammation (gastritis).
This project explores the role of a new class of 'mini-genes' called microRNAs in the initiation of gastritis and ultimately stomach cancer. The results will lead to a better understanding of how stomach cancer, and also other inflammation-associated cancers (e.g. colon), are triggered, which in turn has the potential to lead to the identification of new targets for early detection.
A/Prof Brendan Jenkins
Cancer Council Research Grant
Monash Institute of Medical Research
$99,236 in 2011; $98,736 in 2012, $97,236 in 2013