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UCSF Fellow Honored for Cancer Prevention Research

By UCSF Today | March 14, 2007

UCSF Fellow Dejana Braithwaite, PhD, MSc, is the 2007 recipient of the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) and the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (CRPF) Fellowship, and the New Investigator Award for the 31st Annual ASPO Meeting.

Braithwaite was selected from a national pool of applicants for the ASPO/CRPF Fellowship, which is granted to an outstanding young scientist for an original research topic that has potential to make an impact on cancer prevention and control. She will receive the $80,000 grant for her project, titled "Adverse Social Environment, Adiposity, and Risk of Early Breast Development."

The ASPO was founded in 1976 with a mission to promote the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to cancer prevention, particularly by stimulating and encouraging research on the causes of human cancer and its prevention and early detection, as well as, fostering and enhancing the training of scientists and clinicians concerned with preventive oncology. Founded by Carolyn Aldige, the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation promotes prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research, education and community outreach.

Braithwaite received a PhD degree in biobehavioral science, with a focus on breast cancer prevention, from the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2004. She is currently a third-year postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology working under the mentorship of Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD, director of population sciences at the UCSF Cancer Center and professor and co-chair in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Braithwaite joined Hiatt to investigate emerging issues in breast cancer etiology. As part of the Bay Area Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center, Hiatt and colleagues are already making significant strides to determine the pathways, in both animal and human models, by which early life exposures may lead to mammary carcinogenesis. Complementary studies are underway in Cincinnati, New York City and East Lansing, MI.

(Note that in November 2007 the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center was renamed the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.)

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