medical mile http://michiganradio.org en Grand Rapids research organization to lead new pancreatic cancer study http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-research-organization-lead-new-pancreatic-cancer-study <p>The National Cancer Institute has chosen the <a href="http://www.vai.org/">Van Andel Institute </a>in Grand Rapids to lead a new study on pancreatic cancer.</p><p>The NCI estimates 43,000 people in the U.S. will get pancreatic cancer in 2012; leading to 37,000 deaths.</p><p><a href="http://www.vai.org/en/vari/research-programs/lab-of-cancer-immunodiagnostics/lead-investigator-bio.aspx">Brian Haab</a> Ph.D., Head of Van Andel Institute’s Laboratory of Cancer Immunodiagnostics, will head the research team.</p><p>Many times pancreatic cancer spreads to internal organs before people realize they have it and by then the prognosis is usually not so good. "It’s an aggressive disease. It doesn’t respond well to almost anything we’ve tried. Though there are individual cases that have worked out well,” Haab said.</p><p>He says pancreatic cancer is still hard to detect.</p><p>“It can be a long, expensive, and sometimes invasive process to do that and we want blood tests that can make it quick and inexpensive process,” Haab said. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 16:11:47 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9549 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids research organization to lead new pancreatic cancer study Another university looks to move medical-related programs to Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/another-university-looks-move-medical-related-programs-grand-rapids <p>Another Michigan university is looking to take advantage of Grand Rapids’ medical mile. The area is known for the growing number of specialty hospitals, medical research facilities, and medical schools located there. Just a few months ago, Michigan State University opened a brand new skyscraper in Grand Rapids – a <a href="http://humanmedicine.msu.edu/">new home for its College of Human Medicine.</a></p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 23:05:49 +0000 Lindsey Smith 641 at http://michiganradio.org Another university looks to move medical-related programs to Grand Rapids