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Predoctoral Training in Breast Cancer Detection and Training.

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Annual rept. 1 Aug 97-31 Jul 98

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Our training program in breast cancer detection and treatment continues to provide an excellent opportunity to train research fellows who demonstrate an interest in pursuing clinical and technical work relating to breast cancer. Through the dual mentorship system that we have adopted, each of the four current trainees is assigned to both a clinical specialist and a theoretical or research specialist. These complementary yet distinct professional perspectives constitute an invaluable resource throughout the program. Trainees also attend related seminars and conferences as part of their training. Trainee research encompasses a broad range of theoretical disciplines genetics, biochemistry, electrical engineering, computer science, physiology, and tumor biology as well as clinical disciplines such as radiology, oncology, pathology, and radiation therapy. The University of Pennsylvania has developed a broadly-based graduate study program designed to apply theory to clinical practice in developing technology and procedures for the detection and treatment of disease. Throughout this year our work focused primarily upon improving methods of detecting breast cancer through magnetic resonance imaging of tissue, with significant attention paid to the characteristics of the disease at various stages. We have also striven to build upon current general knowledge of the metabolic and genetic parameters of the disease.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
  • Cybernetics

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