CFCF is pleased to announce the recipient of the Mary Terese Hartzheim Award for Neuroendocrine Tumor Research.

Funded by the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation (CFCF) and the MTH Foundation, this is the first award of its kind to attract young investigators to research the biology of neuroendocrine tumors.

Recipient: Michael Choi, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
Project: Molecular mechanisms involved in enteroendocrine cell differentiation and neuroendocrine tumorigenesis.

The AGA Foundation awards grant to Dr. Michael Choi to further his research on carcinoid tumors.

Letter from Lauren Erb:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your kind support of the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation. I am very pleased to announce that the AGA Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition has chosen the recipient for the Mary Terese Hartzheim Award for Neuroendocrine Tumor Research. Funded by the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation (CFCF) and the MTH Foundation, this is the first award of its kind to attract young investigators to research the biology of neuroendocrine tumors.

Recipient: Michael Choi, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

Project: Molecular mechanisms involved in enteroendocrine cell differentiation and neuroendocrine tumorigenesis

Statement of Acceptance: I would like to thank the Mary Terese Hartzheim Foundation, Caring for Carcinoid Foundation, and the AGA/FDHN for supporting my entry into the field of neuroendocrine tumor research during my early academic career. As a junior faculty member, exploring this new area of investigation would be simply impossible without the financial support of the Mary Terese Hartzheim Award. The Award will enable me to cultivate a productive and independent investigative career in the field of neuroendocrine tumor research. For the past several years, the level of federal research funding has not kept up with the exploding growth of biomedical research. With governmental funding source tight, private and foundation research support are more important than ever. With the help of the Mary Terese Hartzheim Award, I will be able to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to become a truly independent physician-scientist in the field of neuroendocrine tumor research. The results from my proposal should enhance molecular understanding of enteroendocrine cells and neuroendocrine tumors, and may contribute toward diagnostic and treatment strategies. Over the long term, I hope to advance the field of gastrointestinal cancer biology, always with an eye toward how results and technologies could be exploited for clinical application. Again, thank you, and I appreciate the generosity of supporting foundations.
Sincerely, Michael Y. Choi, MD

More details on this exciting project will soon be available on the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation’s website, http://www.caringforcarcinoid.org/research/researchgrants.asp, but I wanted to provide this news to you first, as you are our closest supporters.

I am very grateful for your kind support of our research. Thank you all for your commitment to discovering a cure for carcinoid and related neuroendocrine tumors and being a part of this success!

With all best wishes,

Lauren

Lauren Erb
Executive Director
Caring for Carcinoid Foundation
www.caringforcarcinoid.org