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Bresalier Joins M. D. Anderson to Lead Gastrointestinal Medicine and Nutrition 

Bresalier Joins M. D. Anderson to Lead Gastrointestinal Medicine and Nutrition 
M. D. Anderson News Release 11/18/02

Robert S. Bresalier, M.D., has joined The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center as professor and chairman of the Department of Gastrointestinal Medicine and Nutrition in the Division of Internal Medicine. 

Prior to arriving at M. D. Anderson, Bresalier, a professor of medicine, served as the director of both gastrointestinal oncology and the gastrointestinal cancer research laboratory at the Henry Ford Health Sciences Center while also holding appointments at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Josephine Ford Cancer Center and the Karmanos Cancer Institutes.

Bresalier is known as a leading investigator in the area of gastrointestinal tumor biology, specifically, the role of glycoproteins and carbohydrate proteins in tumor progression and spread of the disease. 

The primary focus of Bresalier’s laboratory research has been the role of mucins, the major secreted glycoproteins of the colon, and galectin-3, a mucin-binding protein expressed in colon cancer metastases. Findings from his research have established the role of these molecules in metastasis of this disease, knowledge that may pave the way for new, targeted diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Bresalier’s lab also has been actively involved in chemoprevention and screening research for colorectal cancer. 

A graduate of the University of Chicago School of Medicine, Bresalier completed his internship at Washington University Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, and fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was a faculty member for many years.

Bresalier is a founding member of the oncology section of the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) and has held numerous offices within that association. He serves as a member of the national steering committee and chair of the colorectal cancer subcommittee of the Prostate, Lung, Colon and Ovarian Cancer Screening Project, one of the largest cancer screening trials ever undertaken by the National Cancer Institute. Bresalier is an associate editor (gastrointestinal tract) for the scientific publication Cancer, serves on editorial boards for numerous medical journal publications, and has authored and/or edited more than 200 articles, chapters and reviews in Gastrointestinal Oncology.


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