October 19, 2012
V Foundation funding supports colorectal cancer research
Lim is one of only 17 nationwide selected to receive the grant from The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, the legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator who lost his own battle with cancer.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research is one of the nationâ€™s leading cancer research funding organizations. The V Scholar Grants Program typically awards two-year, $200,000 grants to outstanding young researchers across the nation.
The $3.4 million initiative, which funds â€śrising starâ€ť physicians and scientists as they begin their careers in cancer research, is an important and compelling component of The V Foundationâ€™s overall grant objective.
Identifying markers for colorectal cancer
The funding will assist Lim in determining whether the amount of methyl-groups attached on DNA in peopleâ€™s blood cells indicate a higher risk of subsequently developing cancer in the large intestine, more often referred to as colorectal cancer.
In HawaiĘ»i, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in males and the third leading cause of cancer death in females.
The novel aspect of Limâ€™s study is that it tests easily obtainable blood samples to measure epigenetic markers in people before they develop cancer in the colon or rectum.
An equal number of cancer patients and healthy people will be studied from the Multiethnic Cohort, one of the largest ongoing population studies in the world with health information on over 215,000 Native Hawaiians, Japanese Americans, African Americans, Latinos and whites. The study may also contribute to the understanding if epigenetic changes are responsible for the different rates of colon cancer observed across different ethnic groups.