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... Diet, genetics, or health disparities in cancer?
Please contact June Chan, ScD (june.chan@ucsf.edu)

Dr. June Chan and colleagues in the Depts. of Urology and Epidemiology/Biostatistics lead several translational and epidemiologic projects related to diet, genetics, and clinical outcomes in prostate cancer. We are interested broadly in modifiable risk factors for secondary prevention of prostate cancer, biomarkers to improve prognostication (e.g. genetics, genomics, circulating biomarkers), and gene-diet interactions. Another area of research includes health disparities research using large public access databases and existing collaboration with Markstein Cancer Center in Oakland. We currently (updated march 08) have several studies that have finished enrollment and are actively in the process of data analysis and writing of reports/future grants.

The Job: Possible work includes assisting in biospecimen genetic or nutrient laboratory assessments; questionnaire data processing; review/entry of diet records for nutrient analysis; statistical data analysis; literature reviews; medical chart data abstraction for outcomes research; grant proposal preparation; phone interviews with patients to update cancer status.

The Rewards: Excellent opportunity to work with multi-disciplinary translational research team at one of the nation’s top prostate cancer clinical care/research centers. Hands-on experience in population science and clinical research with existing randomized clinical trials and cohort studies. Abstract, poster, or manuscript authorship opportunities (depending on specific project).

The Collaborators: June M. Chan, ScD (Associate Professor Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Urology), Peter R. Carroll, MD (Professor and Chair of Urology); Millie Hughes-Fulford, PhD (Professor of Medicine and Urology); Jeanette Broering MS, RN, MPH (Director of Data Quality); Jeffry Simko, MD, PhD (Assoc. Professor of Pathology and Director of GU Tissue Core); Alan Paciorek, BS (Programmer Analyst and Database Manager); and a stellar clinical trials office and database staff.

This is an excellent opportunity for a student interested in clinical research, urology/urologic oncology, epidemiology, or nutrition. The level of participation is flexible, and includes the possibility of continuing a project/paper throughout subsequent med-school years.


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