Research: GIST Cancer UK funded research projects/awards and other GCUK associated projects.

GCUK is focused on stimulating research to improve treatments and find a cure for GIST cancer.
This aim is only made possible with the funds raised by our supporters and the dedicated researchers who work with us.

Wildtype SDH Deficient GIST in the UK; A review of clinical course, genetics, epigenetics and metabolomics.

Dr Ruth Casey

Principal investigator (PI) - Dr Ruth Casey
Funding awarded by GCUK - £60,000
Project Duration - 3rd January 2017  to 31st December 2020.
Research outputs: TBC


Next generation sequencing of WT GIST's to identify therapeutic targets.

Dr Newton Wong

Principal investigator (PI) - Dr Newton Wong
Funding awarded by GCUK - £15,389
Project Duration - 1st July 2017 - ongoing
Research outputs: June 2020 - Dr Wong’s research paper “Next generation sequencing demonstrates the rarity of short kinase variants specific to quadruple wild type gastrointestinal stromal tumours”. Was published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology


Derivation, maintenance and characterisation of cell lines from biopsies of PAWS-GIST.

Dr Karen Sisley

Principal investigator (PI) - Dr Karen Sisley
Funding awarded by GCUK - £15,180
Project Duration - 1st August 2016 - ongoing
Research outputs: TBC

SSGXXII Scandinavian 3 versus 5 years adjuvant imatinib study - contribution towards patient travel expenses.

Dr V.Ramesh Bulusu

Principal investigator (PI) - Dr V.Ramesh Bulusu
Funding awarded by GCUK - £6,000
Project Duration - 1st january 2018 - for 5 years
Research outputs: TBC

SSGXXII Scandinavian 3 versus 5 years adjuvant imatinib study - funding to extend the UK trial for 1 year until March 2020 enabling the recruitment of a further 20 GIST patients in the UK.

Dr V.Ramesh Bulusu

Principal investigator (PI) - Dr V.Ramesh Bulusu
Funding awarded by GCUK - £22,800
Project Duration - 1st April 2019 - March 2020
Research outputs: TBC

Research to investigate the potential of Gallium-68 (68Ga) DOTA-conjugated peptidePET/CT to develop theranostic applications in wild-type gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs).

Dr Ruth Casey

Principal investigator (PI) - Dr Ruth Casey
Funding awarded by GCUK - £21,000
Project Duration - Starting in 2019
Research outputs: TBC

Pilot Study - Altered RNA methylation in SDH deficient gastrointestinal stromal tumours

Dr Olivier Giger

Principal investigator (PI) - Dr Olivier Giger
Funding awarded by GCUK - £7,000
Project Duration - Starting in March 2019
Research outputs: TBC

Metabolic alterations and vulnerabilities of succinate dehydrogenase-deficient GIST

Professor Eyal Gottlieb

Principal investigator (PI) - Professor Eyal Gottlieb
Funding awarded by GCUK - £Zero (Tissue supplied by National GIST Tissue Bank)
Project Duration - Commenced 2018
Research outputs: TBC

Collection of GIST tissue samples stored in hospital pathology departments for patients who had been treated at the Marsden over previous years, then retrospectively undertake mutational analysis of all the samples.

Professor Ian Judson

Principal investigator (PI) - Professor Ian Judson
Funding awarded by GCUK - £20,000
Project Duration - Commenced 2016
Research outputs: Professor Judson is excited to report that with GIST Cancer UK’s help, he and his team managed, to “accumulate a database of clinical and mutational analysis information on 550 GIST patients”.  This material will form the basis for a research project, in collaboration with other groups, looking at the incidence and prevalence of different mutational subtypes and their influence on response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors and the development of resistance. The results of this research will provide valuable insights which may influence future treatment approaches and is the basis for some very informative further GIST research. Thank you to all of our supporters for helping to raise the funds that have made this work possible!

IMPORTANT: Please can you help Professor Eamonn Maher with his Research Study?

Professor Eamonn Maher

Professor Eamonn Maher

We have received a request from Professor Eamonn Maher at the University of Cambridge asking if we can help him make contact with anyone who has had:

  • two or more primary GISTs or a GIST and another tumour, for inclusion in the multiple primary tumour study he is working on.

Though this combination of tumours is an uncommon event it can have several causes. Professor Maher and colleagues at the University of Cambridge are investigating how often this can be caused by inherited genetic changes.

They have requested that any GIST patients who fit the above criteria contact them directly for further information at:

or write to: Prof. Eamonn Maher, Box 238, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0QQ. Participants will need to provide a blood sample and clinical information but the study does not require a visit to Cambridge.

Many thanks for your help, we hope that we will be able to help Professor Maher to help us!

Have your say in the next phase of the NCRI "Future of surgery" research project...

We have received a request from the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre, via the NCRI, asking if we can help with their COHESIVE research study aiming to improve the regulation of new surgical techniques.

The letter of invitation and survey links follow below, thanks in advance for completing the survey!

"We are writing to invite you to take part in the next phase of the NCRI Future of Surgery project: the COHESIVE (Core Outcomes for early pHasE Surgical Innovation and deVicEs”) study.

Before new medicines can be introduced into clinical practice, they undergo rigorous testing and this process is highly regulated. New medical devices are also regulated before they can be widely used, though ways of assessing their safety and performance vary, and standardisation of what is reported is also lacking. New surgical procedures are, however, even less regulated. There is uncertainty and inconsistency around what outcomes should be monitored and reported to evaluate them, which can compromise patient safety.

The aim of COHESIVE is to develop reporting guidelines and a core outcome set (COS) for new surgical procedures and devices. A COS is an agreed minimum set of outcomes that are measured and reported in all new surgeries. This study is being conducted by the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre, in collaboration with NCRI, and is part of a research agenda which aims to develop better methods for selecting, measuring and reporting outcomes of surgical innovation.

It is essential that the views of consumers are at the heart of this process. We would like to record your opinions across three online consensus surveys sent out over a few months. A link to the website to access the survey can be found below and each survey *should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.*

Anyone who has had surgery, whether for cancer or another reason, can take part in this study. *If you have family, friends or colleagues that would like to take part then please forward this link.*

*COHESIVE Study: Delphi Survey Round 1

Detailed information can be found in the Patient Leaflet on the COHESIVE study website

If you have any queries, please get in touch with us using the contact

information below.

Kind regards,

Dr. Kerry Avery, Ms. Shelley Potter & Prof. Jane Blazeby

NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol, BS8 2PS