Cancer Experts

Vincent Freeman

Expert on:  the roles of diet and obesity in prostate cancer risk and prognosis.

Vincent Freeman has more than 25 years of experience in conducting research on the epidemiology of prostate cancer. He is well-recognized for his scientific contributions in the areas of the role of dietary factors and body fatness in prostate cancer prognosis. His current research is on the impact of body composition on the risk of prostate cancer recurrence following surgery for clinically early-stage prostate cancer.

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Sage Kim

Expert on:  cancer disparities, environmental cancer risks.

Sage Kim’s work on cancer includes the effects of neighborhood context on cancer outcomes, the distribution of environmental hazards and breast cancer risk, and racialized gender norms on care engagement. Currently, she is examining the intergenerational transmission of cancer risk, which utilizes the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) data to tease out the elasticity of intergenerational mobility of neighborhood context.  She is also involved in a study looking at the effect of exposure to neighborhood violence on colorectal cancer.  Additionally, she’s analyzing neighborhood conditions with a group of scholars examining racial differences in DNA methylation among lung cancer patients.

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Yamilé Molina

Expert on:  breast cancer, cancer survivors, health promotion, cancer disparities.

Yamilé Molina focuses on financial and social network factors in the context of cancer disparities research.  Their current studies include an evaluation the cost effectiveness and spillover effects of a patient navigation program for African American breast cancer survivors and their social networks.  Another study is examining community health worker interventions for Latinos who are non-adhering to breast cancer screening guidelines.

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Caryn Peterson

Expert on:  social determinants of health in cancer outcomes.

Caryn Peterson focuses on determinants of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in cancer outcomes, including ovarian and Human Papillomavirus-related cancers. Her current work focuses on developing evidence-based programs to increase acceptability and utilization of the HPV vaccine, as well as screening to prevent HPV-related cancers among underserved individuals. She is also the co-director of UIC’s Cancer Education and Career Development Program, a National Cancer Institute-funded training grant that prepares pre-and postdoctoral fellows to conduct research in cancer disparities research.

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Garth Rauscher

Expert on:  cancer disparities, health care quality and access in breast cancer.

Garth Rauscher was involved in development of the Breast Cancer Care in Chicago study of racial and ethnic disparities in breast cancer prognosis, and analyses of multilevel determinants of those disparities. He currently leads the Metro Chicago Breast Cancer Registry (MCBCR), which is one of six active registries that contribute demographic, radiology, and population-based breast cancer data to the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. The BCSC examines effectiveness of screening and diagnostic imaging modalities, and opportunities for risk-based screening. Other areas of research include leukemia and colon cancer.

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Jiehuan Sun

Expert on: risk prediction, cancer subtype, cancer genomics.

Jiehuan Sun’s primary research interests are to develop statistical methods to deal with big longitudinal medical data including electronic health record data and genomics data. His previous studies include developing novel clustering methods to identity subtypes in breast cancer using gene expression data, building dynamic predictive models to predict mortality based on longitudinal gene expression data and developing gene set analysis tools to identify disease related gene sets (pathways) using longitudinal gene expression data.

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Leslie Stayner

Expert on: environmental causes of cancer.

Leslie Stayner has more than 40 years of experience in conducting research in the field of occupational and environmental epidemiology. He is well-recognized for his scientific contributions in the areas of occupational and environmental causes of cancer, quantitative risk assessment and epidemiologic methods. His current research is on the effects of exposures to nitrates and other agricultural chemicals on the risk of childhood cancer and adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes.

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