CPIC-authored Article Among Journal's Top 10

January 2014 

Dear Get in Front Supporter

On the heels of very actively publishing our research findings in 2013, we at CPIC are off to a fast start in the new year, announcing new findings and important grants, a new website, and national recognition for a CPIC scientist’s innovative cancer prevention idea. You may read more below, and also please be sure to save the date for our upcoming Get In Front Mother’s Day Garden Breakfast on Sunday, May 4th in Atherton, California.

CPIC Scientists Publish Nearly 200 Manuscripts in 2013, Providing “Solid Data to Guide Cancer Prevention Efforts and Policy”

In 2013, despite an increasingly competitive atmosphere for government grant funding, CPIC scientists published nearly 200 manuscripts, representing a range of findings to help prevent cancer and reduce its burden. These include results focusing on genetics, lifestyle factors, and certain cancers and cancer subtypes. Among these findings are the results of a study led by CPIC's Scarlett Gomez, Ph.D., showing that 19-year trends in cancer rates among Asian men and women differed by subgroup. "This study provided solid data to guide cancer prevention efforts and policy in Asian Americans in order to minimize the burden of cancer in this rapidly growing population," said CPIC Chief Scientific Officer Ann Hsing, Ph.D. Also published in 2013, a manuscript of CPIC's Iona Cheng, Ph.D., and collaborators, which demonstrated the influence of an obesity gene on dietary intake, has been selected by the American Journal of Epidemiology as one of the top ten articles of the year. In 2013, CPIC also began increasingly studying cancer survivorship, and developed plans to study microorganisms, as well as the molecules involved in metabolism.

Listen to CPIC Research Scientist Scarlett Gomez, Ph.D., discuss cancer rates among Asian subgroups

Certain Biological Subtypes of Breast Cancer Mean Poorer Survival Among Adolescent and Young Adult Women 

In a recent study, CPIC scientists found that the biological subtype of breast cancer diagnosed in adolescent and young adult women directly affects their risk of dying from the disease. "We have known for a long time that women between the ages of 15 and 39 who have breast cancer are less likely to survive than older women with the disease," said CPIC Research Scientist and lead author of the study Theresa Keegan, Ph.D. "We wanted to know if the biological subtype of breast cancer had anything to do with survival differences, and we definitely found a link." Increasingly, scientists agree that breast cancer is composed of important biological subtypes. These subtypes are defined by the presence (+) or absence (-) of certain molecular markers, including estrogen and progesterone hormone receptors (HR) and the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2).

See how the biological subtypes affected survival among adolescent and young women

Introducing the New CPIC.ORG! 

We at CPIC are proud to unveil our refreshed online face by presenting to you our new official website at the same address, www.cpic.org. Several months ago, we realized we needed an online makeover to better communicate with the communities we serve. We wanted to make information more accessible online about who we are, what we do, and why it’s important to you, and after much hard work by a dedicated team, we are happy to announce that our new website is live. Some of the new features include a rotating “Did You Know?” section throughout the site that features quick facts about CPIC, including our work and services, as well as a page that compiles some of CPIC’s most impactful research findings. We hope you appreciate our website’s new features and layout that together more clearly focus on our core research and education programs that have been serving the public for the past 40 years.

Check out the new CPIC.ORG!

The Pipeline: Core Research Resources of CPIC Receive Continued Funding

Four established research initiatives involving CPIC scientists received grant funding since the last issue of In Front. Among these are the California Teachers Study and the Northern California Family Registry for Breast Cancer, which are large-scale, long-term, collaborative research studies. Providing the platform for a large number of smaller, targeted studies, these core research resources involve the recruitment and collection of personal and biological information from thousands of study participants. As part of this work, CPIC scientists track data from these participants to learn about their health outcomes, and then compile these local data with that collected by partnering organizations in other parts of California, the US, and the world. CPIC scientists also lead research studies using these large data resources. To learn more about CPIC’s work as part of the California Teachers Study and CPIC’s Northern California Family Registry for Breast Cancer, visit our “Core Research Resources” page or click on the link below.

Learn more about our recently funded work

CPIC Scientist’s Innovative Idea Makes Final Round of Nationwide Contest Led by Target

The Target Simplicity Challenge, led by Target, is a nationwide search for innovative ideas to “simplify healthcare and help individuals and families improve their health and well-being.” Seeing the Challenge as an opportunity to advance prevention, CPIC Research Scientist Tina Clarke, Ph.D., submitted her idea in October to repackage low-dose aspirin so it’s easier and more appealing to take daily for prevention. Low-dose aspirin can be effective for some people in reducing risk of serious health problems, including strokes, heart attacks, colon cancer and possibly breast cancer. In December, Dr. Clarke learned she’s one of eight finalists whose ideas were selected for public and expert judging, and after presenting her idea at Target headquarters, she’s now awaiting final judging results, which are expected to be announced in mid-January. "If changing aspirin packaging helps more people start taking it regularly who should, these kinds of innovations could be even more important than research in preventing cancer and saving lives," said Dr. Clarke. Check out her idea and video at www.targetsimplicitychallenge.com/gallery.

Read a recent related post by Dr. Clarke on Stanford’s Scope blog

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