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Interrelationships of Hormones, Diet, Body Size and Breast Cancer among Hispanic Women

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Annual summary, 1 Sep 2003-31 Aug 2008

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The purpose of this Minority Institution Partnership Training Award was to train University of Texas at Brownsville UTB faculty to conduct breast cancer research by collaborating with faculty from the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health UTSPH. Three UTB faculty underwent intensive training provided by six UTSPH faculty during year 1. To reinforce training, faculty from UTB and UTSPH conducted a clinic-based case-control study of breast cancer to investigate its association with hormones, diet and body size in years 2 through 4. Specific aims included 1 to provide UTB faculty training through classes, presentations and seminars to gain knowledge of epidemiology, proposal development, behavioral sciences, and biostatistics offered by UTSPH faculty, and 2 to design and conduct a clinic-based case-control study to include completion of a questionnaire, anthropometry and a blood draw. During the fifth year of the project, data collection continued for the clinic-based case-control study, the South Texas Womens Health Project. Dr. Sanderson UTSPH continued in her role as principal investigator of a project funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities to conduct a study of women diagnosed with high risk-human papillomavirus which places them at high risk of cervical cancer, and as principal investigator of a grant from the Texas Cancer Council to investigate the utility of electronic pathology lab reporting the to the Texas Cancer Registry on the Texas-Mexico border. Dr. Sanderson UTSPH and Dr. Nair UTB submitted a Synergistic Idea Award application to conduct a substudy of the South Texas Womens Health Project to investigate genes associated with obesity and diabetes.

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  • Biochemistry
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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