Northwestern University – MED12 Stem Cell Mutation Triggers Fibroid Tumors

Researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine have identified a stem cell mutation that triggers uterine fibroids. The mutation is called MED12.  This is the first time that a molecular trigger for fibroids has been identified.

The fibroid research at Northwestern is chaired by Dr. Serdar Bulun.  When I met with Dr. Bulun in 2010, I was struck by his compassion.  He told me that, “If I don’t do my job (as a researcher), surgery becomes necessary.”  He further indicated that surgery should really be a last resort.  Clearly, with the strides that his team has made with this new study, they are truly pursuing solutions to the debilitating issue of uterine fibroids.  I applaud their efforts.

The complete study published by PLoS One can be found here.

I remain encouraged that we will find a cure.  We have to.

Be Well,


“Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.”  

-George Iles


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