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Discovery of unique biomarkers associated with endometrial cancer

By Dr. Anastasiia Artuyants

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the National Research Grant Round 2022: Post-Doctoral Fellowships.

Dr. Anastasiia Artuyants

Read about Dr. Anastasiia Artuyants, one of the Fellowship recipients.

Dr. Anastasiia Artuyants (Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, University of Auckland)

In this project, Dr. Anastasiia Artuyants will identify specific blood proteins and unique bacteria (known as biomarkers) in the uterus of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Using these biomarkers will bridge the gap between research and hospital laboratories in New Zealand by providing rapid and accurate assessment of cancer patients.

Endometrial cancer, a type of cancer that begins in the uterus, is the most common gynaecological cancer type in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The incidence of endometrial cancer here is rising, particularly in young people.

This rise in incidence is linked to an increase in obesity and metabolic diseases, and significantly affects Pacific women. The young age of patients also highlights the importance of early diagnosis and improved treatment options.

Biomarker tests can significantly improve the health outcomes of these women by providing a simple way to detect endometrial cancer early. Dr Artuyant’s research will focus on discovering new endometrial cancer biomarkers, ultimately improving women’s health and wellbeing.

Anastasiia says: “I am very grateful to the Cancer Society for supporting my research with this Post-Doctoral Fellowship. It is a unique opportunity to combine my diverse research interests and skills into a single project that has great potential to benefit women’s wellbeing in New Zealand.”