The Appendix Cancer / Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Research Foundation (ACPMP) is proud to mark Rare Disease Day 2017 by announcing we have issued two new grants through our research grants program.

This announcement seems particularly timely, because today is Rare Disease Day and the theme this year is Research:

Research brings hope to people living with rare diseases.  Research is key. It brings hope to the millions of people living with a rare disease across the world and their families.

– National Organization of Rare Disorders (see for more details)

Funding critical research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of appendix cancer and PMP is a core mission of ACPMP.  In that spirit, we are proud to issue two $50,000 research grants to the following recipients:

  • David L. Morris, MD, PhD, St George Hospital (Australia)

“The effect of Bromelain and N-acetylcysteine on appendiceal adenocarcinoma and pseudomyxoma peritonei in vitro and LS174T in vivo: development of a novel mucolytic agent and progression to a phase I/II study”

This grant is issued in memory of Tyler Wright, Nancy Reed, Thomas Mullen, Shelley Mulvaney, Michael Dotta, Njoud Al-Qubaisi, Joanna Garvey, Bea Varra, Mark Fassio, William (Sonny) Hovan, Gail Reed, Mark Truelsen, and Frances Lewis

  • Venkatesh Govindarajan, PhD, Creighton University (Omaha, NE)

“Targeting the MEK-ERK pathway as a therapeutic option for Pseudomyxoma peritonei”

This grant is issued in honor of Bob Worden, Rich Boozell, James Richter, Jeremy Kitzhaber, Scott Montgomery, and Dave Wood (with special thanks to the Gamma Zeta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Arizona).

With these two grants, ACPMP has now awarded $950,000 over the past eight years in the form of 20 research grants. At least eleven articles have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals in connection with that funding – with more to come.

Thanks to all of our supporters and fundraisers for making this critical research possible and for enabling us to produce tangible, measurable results with the funds you have donated and collected.