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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

UGCRG Selected Ongoing Projects

The UGI Cancer Research Group is currently conducting projects in the United States and in several high-risk areas of the world, including China, Iran, Brazil, Kenya and Poland. Some of these projects are:
  • Planning a community-based selenium fortification trial in an area at high risk for esophageal and gastric cancer
  • The GEMINI case-control study of esophageal cancer in Golestan Province, Iran
  • The Golestan Cohort Study of esophageal cancer in Golestan Province, Iran
  • Evaluation of HPV as a causative agent for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
  • Evaluation of oral bacteria as a risk factor for UGI cancers
  • Evaluation of gastric atrophy as a risk factor for UGI cancers
  • Searching for new viruses associated with UGI cancers
  • PAH exposure as a risk factor for UGI cancers
  • Acetaldehyde exposure as a risk factor for UGI cancers
  • Using gene methylation profiles or gene copy number variation for early detection of ESCC
  • Developing a serum autoantibody test for early detection of ESCC
  • Development of molecular markers for early detection of Barrett esophagus