Research with a goal of furthering our understanding of gastrointestinal tract microbiota and their influence on health and on the prevention or promotion of colorectal cancer has received the Margaret B. Barry Cancer Research Award at Iowa State University.
Gregory Phillips, Elizabeth Whitley, and Michael Wannemuehler in the College of Veterinary Medicine will collaborate on the study, focusing on how specific bacterial species influence colorectal cancer.
The researchers will develop a new model for colorectal cancer research and use new DNA sequencing technologies to measure changes in gene activity within the gastrointestinal tract, to see how microbiota respond to the growth of cancerous tumors.
Phillips and his co-investigators say they hope what they learn will push the science closer to a goal of preventing and treating diseases of the GI tract, including colorectal cancer, using probiotics and dietary changes.
Margaret Barry, who passed away in 2005, created a foundation to support cancer and other medical research at Iowa State University and Northwestern University. At Iowa State, the research award supports cancer research in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
The researchers will receive $60,000 each year for two years.