Current Awardee

Understanding Breast Cancer Disparities in African-American Women

Zeynep Madak-Erdogan
Zeynep Madak-Erdogan

College: Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Award year: 2017-2018

The goal of our research is to address breast cancer disparities in African American (AA) women. AA women have 4-5 fold greater risk of death from breast cancer compared to Caucasian women, even after controlling for stage at diagnosis, treatment, and other known prognostic factors. In our proposed studies, we will explore the association between the serum factors and demographic variables related to poor outcomes in AA women with breast cancer, including neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation and individual characteristics. The established team provides clinical and fundamental science expertise in breast cancer biology as well as the patient samples and associated health information. The partnership with NCSA will further improve our computational capabilities, develop new tools for GIS analysis and HIPAA compliant data transfer and storage capability.