Dr. Sho Kitamoto receives Prevent Cancer Foundation grant

January 18, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Accolades and Milestones

Sho Kitamoto, Ph.D., a research fellow working in the lab of Nobuhiko Kamada, Ph.D., was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation to study the role of oral bacteria in the development of colon cancer.

Dr. Kamada’s lab is part of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. “Sho’s award is well-deserved, as he is an extremely diligent and enthusiastic researcher, and such an award highlights the importance of our work,” said his mentor, Dr. Kamada.

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of death from cancer in men and women combined in the United States. Although accumulating evidence showed that a diseased oral condition increases the risk of colon cancer, the mechanisms behind the link between oral and colon cancer remain unknown.

To address this questions, Sho will use the Prevent Cancer Foundation grant and clarify the impact of the gut colonization of oral bacteria on the intestinal pathology. The completion of the study will pave the way for the development of diagnostic/preventative clinical interventions targeting certain oral bacteria. This may allow us to identify individuals with a colon cancer and reduce their risk of colon cancer by optimizing oral hygiene.