The Leo and Anne Albert Charitable Trust Fund Ovarian Cancer Research

Alber Announcement

Obesity is an epidemic in the US and worldwide and contributes to metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.  In women with epithelial ovarian cancer, obesity delays detection, increases both incidence and severity of disease, shortens time to recurrence, and decreases overall survival.  To investigate the potential mechanistic link between obesity and ovarian cancer metastasis, Chemistry & Biochemistry Professor and Ann F. Dunne & Elizabeth Reilly Director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute Sharon Stack has received a $450,000 grant from the Leo and Anne Albert Charitable Trust.  “This project is an effort by the Trust to assist in conquering a deadly form of cancer” indicates Mr. Gene Pranzo, Trustee.  Successful completion of this research will result in a better understanding of factors that contribute to ovarian cancer metastasis in obese, pre-diabetic and diabetic women and may thereby lead to the development of clinical interventions to prevent metastasis.