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The Vanderbilt SPORE in GI Cancer consists of several initiatives including four scientific research projects, five cores that provide essential services to SPORE projects, a developmental research program to support pilot projects, and career development opportunities for physician-scientists in training.

Vanderbilt’s GI SPORE is comprised of a team of highly interactive clinical investigators and basic scientists working together in a collegial environment with strong inter-SPORE, pharmaceutical, national and international collaborations. The SPORE continues to focus on colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, where it affects more men and women than all other gastrointestinal malignancies combined. Over the last four years, the GI SPORE has made discoveries and advances that hold great promise toward improvement of the management of individuals with colorectal neoplasia.