I am pleased to share the 2017 Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation Annual Report. Our daily work moved our mission forward — to fund scientific research into the causes of NETs to understand why these tumors form and how they can be treated and ultimately cured. You and the 1,500 donors who supported us with a gift made these achievements possible. We are grateful for your support and continued partnership! Here are just a few investments that your donation funded … Support Innovation and Discovery, Donate Today
Hans Clevers, MD, PhD, is a professor in molecular genetics at the Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands and is considered a pioneer in the field of organoids. Organoids, or ‘mini-organs’ grown in the laboratory, may be an alternative way to study NET cells to understand tumor cell biology. Dr. Clevers has said he would not have considered work on NET organoids if it had not been for NETRF outreach and funding to pursue his research. Dr. Clevers received one of our first Accelerator Awards.
The 2017 Accelerator Grant team, Chrissie Thirlwell, MD, PhD, University College London Cancer Institute, Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Eric Nakakura, MD, PhD, UCSF, met at a NETRF research symposium and learned — despite being on opposite sides of the U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean — that together they had the expertise and technology to try to find the cause of small intestinal NETS.
… In Patient Education
Our NETRF team has reached countless patients and caregivers through our regional NET education conferences that we hosted and supported in 2017. We expanded the geographic reach of these programs and offered more patient-focused content on our website and social media channels to reach a greater number of NET patients who need better access to education and information.
This year our progress signals both the hope and promise of our efforts for you, your family, and the patients we serve. Together we are getting closer to improved treatments and ultimately cures. As we continue on in the fight against NETs, we are counting on your support for our work. When you donate to NETRF, you should know your gift is being maximized. Last year, 94 cents of every donated dollar went to our research and patient education programs. Please consider, once again, making a gift to NETRF.