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Join forces to support CRIG

1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women in Belgium is diagnosed with cancer before his or her 75th birthday. It makes you realise just how vitally important cancer research remains.

The Cancer Research Institute Ghent CRIG aims to accelerate such research, by bringing together Ghent University, Ghent University Hospital and Ghent University’s VIB life sciences research institute. A partnership focused on achieving more.

Also our faculty is involved in CRIG.

Cancer research at our faculty

Brain tumors and blood cancer

The team of Prof. Matthias D'hooghe is working on the treatment of brain tumors and mutliple myeloma, a form of blood cancer.

"In our work we focus on the chemical synthesis of new molecules as building blocks for the development of new medicines", Prof. D'hooghe explains. "Together with other researchers, we test these substances for their biological activity."

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Breast cancer

Research group SynBioC develops substances that are analogue to natural products and that combat breast cancer metastasis.

Prof. Chris Stevens: "Together with UZ Gent we are trying to find out the mechanism by performing in vivo studies on mice."

Colon cancer

Recent studies suggest a correlation between the consumption of red and processed meat and a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer. The NutriFoodChem research group is cooperating with UZ Gent to find the underlying mechanisms.

Prof. John Van Camp: "We use in vitro models based on human colon cells to simulate the gut and its environment, and expose these cells to metabolites of red and processed meat. The response of the colon cells helps us understand the relation between meat ingestion and cancer, which could lead to better dietary recommendations."

Cancer data

Researcher group Biobix is studying cancer data. The team of Prof. Tim De Meyer and Prof. Wim Van Criekinge are developing innovative data-analytic methods for biological big data.

"These data are mostly generated by the newest DNA sequencers. By applying these methods on big sets of cancer data we get a better insight in the biology of cancer. This allows us to identify new classes of biomarkers and cancer medicine targets."

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Plants to fight cancer

Prof. Patrick Van Damme is studying how certain plants contain active elements to combat cancer.

"Previous research has shown that Catharanthus roseus contains lots of active components. My research builds on this, also for other plants.