Barrett's esophagus is the precursor of most esophageal adenocarcinomas and a large proportion of esophagogastric junctional adenocarcinomas. These diseases are closely associated with gastroesophageal reflux. Screening endoscopy is therefore recommended for the evaluation of chronic gastroesophgeal reflux symptoms. Endoscopic surveillance, performed in those identified with Barrett's esophagus, detects cancer at an early stage. However, the large majority of these cancers occur in previously undiagnosed Barrett's esophagus and nearly half of these persons have no history of gastroesophageal reflux symptoms. Our research has characterized familial aggregation of Barrett's esophagus and its associated cancers, which we term Familial Barrett's Esophagus (FBE). We have developed a network of investigators who are actively identifying and accruing FBE families and biobanking lymphoblastoid cell lines in a centralized biorepository. Furthermore, our segregation analysis of pedigrees accrued to date indicates that FBE is the manifestation of autosomal dominant susceptibility alleles. Our central hypothesis:

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Type
Specialized Center (P50)
Project #
5P50CA150964-03
Application #
8567134
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZCA1-RPRB-M)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2013-09-01
Budget End
2014-08-31
Support Year
3
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$312,630
Indirect Cost
$108,458
Name
Case Western Reserve University
Department
Type
DUNS #
077758407
City
Cleveland
State
OH
Country
United States
Zip Code
44106
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