Men at Higher Risk for 32 of 35 Cancers
January 2012Dear Get In Front Supporter,
You know that CPIC doesn’t toot its own horn without cause. But we are very excited by the arrival of our new Director of Research, Dr. Ann Hsing. Dr. Hsing comes to us from her former position as a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute and brings an international reputation and scientific credentials of the highest order. We are enthusiastic about what will happen at CPIC when we combine Dr. Hsing’s energy, ideas, and leadership with the breadth and depth of knowledge and interest of our current stellar scientists. And speaking of outstanding research at CPIC, this month’s newsletter features a behind-the-scenes look at the vital and oft-times invisible work performed by the interviewers/phlebotomists at CPIC who make much of that outstanding research possible. Enjoy.
CPIC Welcomes Dr. Ann Hsing as New Director of Research
Ann Hsing, Ph.D., M.P.H., has joined CPIC as our new Director of Research. Dr. Hsing comes to CPIC from her position as a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute, and brings national and international leadership in the research of several cancers. An established international authority on the molecular, genetic, and environmental risk factors of diseases, Dr. Hsing intends to lead CPIC to further preeminence in understanding the causes of cancer and developing effective means of prevention across all segments of the population.
Behind the Scenes: Interviewers at CPIC
This vitally important group of workers at CPIC is responsible for recruiting study participants, gathering personal data from them through interviews in the field, drawing blood when needed, and covering more than half the state of California to do so. A rare breed that combines advanced social skills, high technical proficiency, a passion for the science and a commitment to the people who participate in our studies, these interviewers/phlebotomists are at the core of many of the studies that come out of CPIC.
The Pipeline: Hazardous Air Pollutants and Breast Cancer
A CPIC study on hazardous air pollutants and breast cancer risk among California teachers received continuing funding support in December. The study, directed by CPIC Senior Research Scientist Peggy Reynolds, Ph.D., M.P.H., is evaluating the risk of breast cancer associated with estimated residential exposure to hazardous air pollutants among members of the California Teachers Study, a statewide cohort of female professional school employees living throughout California.
Men at Higher Risk for 32 of 35 cancers
It is well established that men get cancer more than women, and sometimes at considerably higher rates, but few scientists have explained why. A new study that involved CPIC Research Scientist Ellen Chang, Sc.D., and scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, analyzed almost 15 million cases (in no fewer than 60 countries) of 35 different types of cancer to understand how men and women differ with respect to cancer risk.
Donations Come in All Shapes and Sizes
Regular salary reviews are an important way for CPIC to make sure that we are able to hire the best scientific researchers and other staff and retain our current outstanding employees. Generally a well-done salary review can cost between $50,000 and $100,000—typically out of reach for CPIC. But thanks to a generous in-kind donation from Deloitte Tax, LLP — facilitated by Louis Weller, co-Vice Chair of the CPIC Board of Trustees, and a principal with Deloitte — CPIC was able to undertake just such a review. “Deloitte likes to work with organizations like CPIC,” Mr. Weller said. “Because of this donation, CPIC is able to take advantage of world-class services that otherwise would be out of reach.”
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