March 3, 2014
SIU Med School Receives NIH Grant to Study Technique to Diagnose Gynecological Cancer
A physician at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a two-year federal grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a diagnostic technique for gynecological cancer. The total budget for the grant is $147,500.
Dr. Laurent Brard, Ph.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at SIU, is the principal investigator for the project.
The study will investigate a new technique for diagnosing gynecologic cancer in patients who are unable to go through surgery. Fluid will be withdrawn from a patient’s pelvis and examined under a microscope to see if cancer cells are present. Tumor markers also will be measured. Tumor markers are specific proteins found in urine, blood or fluid that indicate the presence of cancer.
The goal of the research is to develop this technique so that future patients who have ovarian cysts, but cannot undergo surgery for removal, can be diagnosed using the fluid to detect the presence or absence of cancer. If cancer is found, the patient can then be treated with chemotherapy.
Brard’s research has focused on gynecological cancer for more than 10 years.
Brard joined the SIU faculty in 2010. He completed a three-year fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Women & Infants Hospital, where he also completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology (2005, 2002). He earned his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh (1998). Brard was a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania (1994). He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in chemistry and his doctorate in chemistry from Northwestern University in Evanston (1992, 1991). He earned his master’s in organic chemistry at Université Claude Bernard (1987) and his bachelor’s in chemical engineering at the Ecole Superieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon (1987), both in France. Brard is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.