|Carolina Science Café Spring 2013|
On February 28, more than thirty UNC students, faculty, staff and community members joined UNC Epidemiologist Dr. Melissa Troester in a Carolina Science Café conversation about the exposures that affect young African American women's susceptibility to a particularly aggressive subtype of breast cancer. Dr. Troester shared information on the many subtypes of breast cancer, as well as the genetic, environmental and personal risk factors for basal-like breast cancer. Audience members asked Dr. Troester questions about emerging research on risk factors, such as how exposures like obesity and pregnancy can influence premenopausal black women's risk for basal-like breast cancer. Dr. Troester is Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Principal Investigator for the UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program and holds memberships in the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of breast cancer, genomics of normal breast tissue, and breast cancer microenvironment.
Carolina Science Cafés are free monthly educational programs for adults, offering a perspective of cutting-edge research from the scientists themselves. Carolina Science Café is presented by the North Carolina Science Festival, which Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (MPSC) founded and administers.
This Carolina Science Café was coordinated by the Community Outreach and Engagement Core in the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility and co-sponsored by MPSC and the Society of Sigma Xi at UNC Chapel Hill. This event was partially funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
|Last updated March 25, 2013|