Obesity and Cancer Discovery Group
In the past decade, substantial evidence supports a relationship between obesity and increased risk of a variety of cancers. The NCI
recently identified "How does obesity contribute to cancer risk?" as one of the provocative questions developed to "inspire interested scientists to conceive new approaches or feasible solutions….in key areas of cancer research that are deemed important but have not received sufficient attention."
Funding from the Walther Foundation, through a partnership between the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research and the Women’s Global Health Institute, was established to encourage research in this area, creating partnerships between lipids and obesity with cancer researchers and stimulating collaborations in this important research area. It is critical to develop these effective, interdisciplinary collaborations that will investigate and determine the underlying mechanisms in order to develop strategies to prevent the development of cancers associated with obesity.