6th Annual DeGregorio Foundation Award for Cancers of the Esophagus and Stomach

The DeGregorio Family Foundation for Gastric and Esophageal Cancer (www.DeGregorio.org) is pleased to announce our 6th annual funding opportunity for gastroesophageal malignancies.  The Foundation seeks to promote and facilitate collaborative research on the pathogenesis, early diagnosis, and treatment of upper gastrointestinal malignancies.  We support high quality, innovative, and transformative translational and bench research to improve the understanding of the biology of these diseases, identification of potential novel therapeutic targets, or in the development and evaluation of novel biomarkers for early diagnosis and treatment.  Pre-clinical research, basic mechanistic studies, genomic/epigenomic studies, as well as epidemiologic studies may also be supported.

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Save the Date! Join us September 24, 2015 for our Rooftop Event!

Mark September 24th on your calendars and come out and support the DeGregorio Family Foundation with our Rooftop Event!


All money raised will go to the research and education of stomach and esophageal cancer.

We will be offering a Silent Auction and Raffle during the event.

Featuring exclusive items such as:
Two courtside seats to a Milwaukee Bucks home game with transportation on team owner’s private jet and dinner with owner Marc Lasry

Dinners at exclusive NYC Restaurants such as Mailiano

Private Surf Lessons

Private tour of the New York Stock Exchange

Trip for Two to Palmetto Bluffs (including 4 rounds of golf!)

Hair Cut at Frédéric Fekkai Salon Fifth Avenue

…and so much more!

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The Team DeGregorio TCS New York City Marathon Team is NOW FULL!

We are pleased to announce that our team for the New York City Marathon is now full. Runners will race through the five boroughs and experience “Marathon Day”. The 2015 NYC Marathon provides runners with an opportunity to transform lives in a direct and meaningful way. While running with us, they’ve received guaranteed entry into the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon while raising vital funds to support the DeGregorio Family Foundation.

Learn more about Team DeGregorio or make a donation to their Crowdrise pages here.

All money raised will go to the research and education of stomach and esophageal cancer.

DeGregorio Grant Leads to Million Dollar Award to Continue Research


Dr. Manish Shah

The DeGregorio Family Foundation would like to congratulate Manish Shah, MD and his team on their award of a $1,000,000 grant from The Starr Cancer Consortium (SCC)!

In 2011, DFF funded a $100,000 grant to Shah for the study of H. Pylori infection and Gastric Cancer Carcinogenesis. After presenting data collected from these studies, the SCC announced their additional grant for continued research of this important and innovative study. The following summary outlines the project and objectives.

The Impact of the Gastric Microbiome on Gastric Cancer Development

Principal Investigator:

  • Manish Shah, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

Co-Principal Investigators:

  • Adam Bass, MD, The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
  • Doron Betel, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Eric Pamer, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Nikolas Schultz, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Although Helicobacter pylori infection is the most prevalent cause of gastric cancer worldwide, the molecular mechanisms leading to the development of malignancy as a consequence of infection remain unknown.  It is the realization that of a gastric microbiome that may also play an important role in chronic gastric inflammation and gastric cancer carcinogenesis.  Data regarding the relationship between H.pylori infection and the gastric microbiome and the concomitant changes in mucosal and adaptive immunity are lacking.  We plan to examine the gastric microbiome in patients with and without H.pylori infection as well as in patients with and without H.pylori associated gastric cancer.  We will couple this investigation with an examination of the mucosal immune infiltrate to provide data on the characteristics of both the microbiome associated with H.pylori infection as well as the consequences on host immunity.  We will also examine genetic differences between gastric cancer that developed in the setting of chronic H.pylori associated inflammation and non-H.pylori associated gastric cancer.  Together, these data will provide the necessary foundation for understanding the role the gastric microbiome plays in developing gastric cancer, and will form the basis for subsequent mechanistic and clinical studies for which NIH peer reviewed funding will be sought. Read more about the Starr Cancer Consortium Grant here.

The DeGregorio Family Foundation and the Price Family Foundation Congratulate Joint Recipients of Collaborative Research Grant

The DeGregorio Family Foundation and the Price Family Foundation congratulate Adam Bass MD and Timothy Wang MD, joint recipients of our collaborative research grant.

Our grant program brings critical funding to top academic researchers, enabling them to expand their scientific discoveries and build new collaborations. The Bass/Wang grant will support further study in gastric cancer – specifically Diffuse Gastric Cancer (DGC). It will allow Drs. Bass and Wang to l continue their research on the role of Novel RHO Pathway Genomic Alterations in DGC.

Read more about their innovative work here.

Bass Wang 1

2015 DeGregorio Grant Winner Announced

Phillip Smith

Phillip Smith, MD

The DeGregorio Family Foundation would like to congratulate Phillip Smith, MD as one of the two recipients of our grant program. He currently teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. These grants bring critical funding to many of the top academic researchers wanting to expand their scientific discoveries and build new collaborations for further research on gastric cancer; specifically H. pylori infection.

H. pylori infection of the stomach is the major cause of gastric cancer worldwide. This infection typically begins earlier in life during childhood and persists into adulthood. Children do not develop H.pylori-induced gastric cancer, whereas adults do. In fact, gastric cancer is exclusively present in adults. This application and research study seeks to determine how children suppress or down-regulate the H. pylori-induced gastric inflammatory changes that lead to cancer of the stomach. It is hypothesized in this research study that although everyone’s stomach is colonized by millions of bacteria (the gastric microbiota), the gastric microbiota of H. pylori-infected children, but not adults, promotes suppression of H. pylori-induced gastric inflammation and its attendant precancerous lesions. Thus, this suppression prevents H. pylori induced gastric cancer in children.

We look forward to hearing further on this research, and again congratulate Phillip Smith, MD for his achievement and study of gastric cancer.


If you are interested in applying for the DeGregorio Family Foundation grant, please find more information here.



EHE International 2014 Window Display Donation

EHE International’s generous donation of their window display at 10 Rockefeller Center increased awareness of Stomach and Esophageal Cancer and the need for funding research into the causes, prevention and treatment of these cancers. Below is the running video from this great opportunity.

Video courtesy of BOLD Worldwide




Foundation’s 2014 Video Release “Turning Fact Into Fiction: Stomach & Esophageal Cancer Research”

In September 2014, the DeGregorio Family Foundation’s video, “Turning Fact Into Fiction: Stomach and Esophageal Cancer Research,” was released to bring awareness to these deadly diseases. Many thanks to Mind File Multimedia, Inc. for their beautiful work.

Video courtesy of Mind File Multimedia, Inc.



Facial Hair Fights Cancer for DFF in November

ManNovember 2014 was DFF’s Third Annual The Great Network Next Mustache-Off! We had a great group of men & women supporting stomach and esophageal cancer research right in their office. Thank you Adam and Shell Oil for another successful year!



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