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April 5, 2012
BeatSarcoma makes a research gift to Stanford University

Beat Sarcoma recently donated $15,000 to Stanford University, which is funded to do a large study on leiomyosarcoma specimens from tumors that arise either in the uterus or in the soft tissues throughout the body. They will compare these leiomyosarcomas to other sarcomas that occur in the uterus, including endometrial stromal sarcoma and its recently discovered variants. Matt van de Rijn of Stanford said, "The money will be used at least to a great extent to cover the costs doing the analysis on twelve endometrial stromal sarcomas in this way. We believe that this will be a very valuable addition to our dataset and hope that we will identify not only novel diagnostic markers but also potential therapeutic targets."

Matt van de Rijn, Nathalie Criou Matt van de Rijn


October 11, 2010
BeatSarcoma makes a $20,000 research gift to UCSF

BeatSarcoma is very pleased to announce that it just made a $20,000 research gift to UCSF sarcoma research program, thus adding another formal program to the list of sarcoma programs it supports.

UCSF recently created a sarcoma research group and has worked closely with BeatSarcoma to identify the most impactful projects to fund. BeatSarcoma's Medical Advisory Board reviews all proposals for funding and makes a recommendation to the BeatSarcoma Board of Directors.

Dr. Nakakura, Nathalie Criou, Nathan Bossett

From left to right: Nathan Bossett, Nathalie Criou from BeatSarcoma and Dr Eric Nakakura, MD, PhD, UCSF

The money will help fund UCSF translational research laboratory dedicated to understanding basic mechanisms of sarcoma cancer growth - rapid processing is a key element of tissue collection and critical to the quality of molecular research as any lengthy wait or mishandling could lead to cell degradation and wrong conclusions. The UCSF laboratory benefits from a direct line into the operating room and can fully control the way tissue samples are collected and stored or cultivated, thus ensuring cell biological integrity.




Dr Nakakura



Dr Nakakura, MD, PhD in the UCSF translation laboratory

Dr Nakakura, MD PhD, the lead investigator and a cancer surgeon specializing in the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma says: "I'd like to offer my sincere thanks to BeatSarcoma for its tremendous generosity. Please know that our ongoing partnership has a direct impact on our sarcoma studies that we hope will benefit patients in the near future.  We greatly appreciate the support!"

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April 23, 2010 
Beat Sarcoma donates $5,000 to the University of California San Francisco

BeatSarcoma extended its support of Sarcoma Research to UCSF - as it exceeded its fundraising goals in 2009 and had more funds available than what it had already committed. UCSF has long been treating patients with sarcoma and recently decided to form a sarcoma research group.

Dr. Nakakura, Nathalie Criou, Nathan Bossett

Dr. Nakakura is a cancer surgeon who treats patients with soft tissue sarcoma. He also runs a translational research laboratory dedicated to understanding basic mechanisms of cancer growth that might be exploited to better treat patients. With the help of funding from BeatSarcoma, Dr. Nakakura and his laboratory will investigate the role of a critical growth and signaling pathway in human sarcoma--the mTOR pathway. His group will determine the expression and activity of mTOR pathway components in a diverse collection of human soft tissue sarcoma samples. They would then investigate the efficacy of mTOR inhibition on sarcoma growth in vitro and in vivo.

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Jan 17, 2010
Beat Sarcoma donates $30,000 to Stanford Cancer Center

After a very successful 2009, Nathalie Criou, President and Nathan Bossett, CFO, of BeatSarcoma presented Dr. Amreen Husain, associate professor of Gynecologic Oncology at Stanford University a $30,000 research gift to further her efforts around sarcoma research.

Nathalie Criou, Nathan Bosset, Dr. Amreen Husain

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Feb 7, 2009
Beat Sarcoma donates $11,000 to Stanford Cancer Center

At the end of 2009, BeatSarcoma presented Charlotte Jacobs, M.D., Drs Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, a $11,000 check specifically for sarcoma research.

Nathalie Criou, Charlotte Jacobs