UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program

bcerpbannerThe UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (UNC BCERP) in the Gillings School of Global Public Health works to understand how environmental influences like obesity affect the susceptibility to basal-like breast cancer and to inform premenopausal African-American women of that risk.


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Research Spotlight

Partnering with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, staff from both Makowski and Troester’s labs conducted hands-on activities for the 2014 SciVentures summer enrichment camp. Activities included students building models of cells and their microenvironment to better understand how cells communicate and to understand the role of the extracellular environment in the promotion of disease.

Visit Dr. Makowski’s lab to understand how her investigations lead to better understanding of how obesity affects disease risk.

Outreach Spotlight

UNC BCERP staff and UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) are collaborating to develop, pilot test and disseminate an interactive website that will inform women about basal-like breast cancer risks. Read more.