New Approach to Early Detection
As the nation's largest Foundation funding research in pancreatic cancer, we would like to compliment the efforts of teenagers who harness their energy and creativity to help solve some of the most difficult problems we all face. Science competitions seek out and acknowledge truly astonishing and innovative teen research projects. This year, many of the notable innovative projects were aimed at using new technologies to detect and treat cancer.
One of these extraordinary students is a 15 year-old from Maryland named Jack Andraka who won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for pursuing research for pancreatic cancer. Working with Anirban Maitra, a Professor at The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and currently funded Lustgarten Foundation researcher, Jack focused on developing a new approach for early detection of pancreatic cancer. This approach uses tiny carbon tubes coated with antibodies that can recognize a protein present at high levels in pancreatic cancers. His preliminary work shows that this technique could be cheaper, faster and more effective than currently available technologies. We look forward to watching this technology develop.
Jack lost his uncle to pancreatic cancer and will also be helping to raise funds and awareness for The Lustgarten Foundation by participating with his family in The Pancreatic Cancer Walk in Howard County, MD on August 12.
These are the young minds that will find innovative solutions for us in the future and hold the key to our quest to find the cure for pancreatic cancer. Our hats off to all of them!