UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program

UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program

The UNC Breast Cancer and Environment Research Program (BCERP) is a five-year $2.2 million initiative aimed at studying how factors such as pregnancy and obesity may promote susceptibility to an aggressive subtype of breast cancer, basal-like, that is more prevalent in premenopausal African American patients.

As the Community Partner of the UNC BCERP, the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility’s Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) are coordinating the outreach activities by identifying educational needs of young African American women and the health practitioners who provide services for them and developing and implementing responsive educational materials. The project, titled "Pregnancy, Obesogenic Environments and Basal-Like Breast Cancer," is funded as a Windows of Susceptibility grant under the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Breast Cancer and Environment Research Program.

The COEC staff convenes a Community Advisory Committee comprised of breast cancer advocates and healthcare practitioners to promote bidirectional communication between UNC BCERP scientists and community stakeholders represented on the committee. The advisory committee provides feedback on educational strategies and materials for target audiences, premenopausal women and their practitioners.

For information on the research conducted in the project, contact Melissa Troester, Department of Epidemiology, at melissa_troester@med.unc.edu. For information on the outreach activities, contact Neasha Graves, Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility, at neasha_graves@unc.edu.

Read the press release on the launch of the UNC BCERP.

Last updated October 25, 2011