A Wildtype GIST Clinic has been announced by the National Institutes of Health, USA. The upcoming “Pediatric and Wildtype GIST Clinic” at the NIH is scheduled for June, 10th-12th, 2015. There are spots available for [...]
The 12th Pediatric and Wildtype GIST Clinic was held May 21 to 23, 2014 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Coordinated by Dr. Sosipatros Boikos, and based out of the NIH Pediatric Oncology Department under the direction of Dr. Lee Helman, the Clinic is collaboration between clinicians and researchers to collect data, investigate and develop treatment for GIST patients who do not have either c-KIT or PDGFRA mutation.
Dr. Sosipatros Boikos, a graduate of University of Crete in Greece, very early and while he was a first year medical student, developed an interest in cancer genetics. After graduating from medical school, he came to the National Institutes of Health as a Visiting Research Fellow to work on the genetics of Wildtype gastrointestinal stromal tumors—those GIST tumors without a KIT or PDGFRA mutation—under the supervision of Dr. Constantine Stratakis, the researcher who identified Carney-Stratakis Syndrome.