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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Glioma: Insights From Molecular Epidemiology to Functional Validation of Glioma Genes - Dr. Melissa Bondy

DCEG Visiting Scholar Seminar

Speaker

Dr. Bondy is giving a visiting scholar seminar

Melissa Bondy

Melissa Bondy, Ph.D., M.S.
Section Head, Epidemiology and Population Sciences, Department of Medicine;
Associate Director of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center;
McNair Scholar; and Dan L. Duncan Chair,
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

About the Seminar

Dr. Bondy’s research focus is in genetic and molecular epidemiology. Her work is at the forefront of developing innovative ways to assess the roles of heredity and genetic susceptibility in the etiology of cancer, primarily brain and breast cancer. Dr. Bondy currently leads the largest multi-national family study of glioma patients. The goal of her research is to characterize genes in glioma families using a genome-wide single-nucleotide polymorphism approach and conduct linkage analysis to identify new genomic regions or loci that could harbor genes important for gliomagenesis.

Her work in breast cancer is focused on molecular predictors of survival after treatment for breast cancer. She has launched a collaborative study with researchers at the Arizona Cancer Center and investigators in Mexico in academic centers at the University of Sonora in the state of Sonora, and at the University of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco. The partnership was formed to address the hypothesis that the age-specific patterns of aggressive breast cancers differ between women of Mexican descent living in the U.S. and those of women residing in Mexico, and that the differences are at least partly explained by factors associated with acquisition of behavioral characteristics associated with the U.S. culture. Dr. Bondy has a strong interest in health disparities.

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