Breast Cancer Research Program

The Breast Cancer Research Program members meet regularly to share research results and to discuss new projects. Members attend a weekly Breast Cancer Conference to discuss the clinical presentation and planned treatment of newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients. This conference facilitates the weekly interaction of basic scientists with clinicians, pathologists, radiologists and others, and allows basic scientists to better understand the clinic. A monthly meeting allows sharing of research results between program members. An annual research retreat facilitates an in-depth update on collaborative projects within the program and seeks new opportunities for translational research.

Current membership includes clinical and research faculty with academic appointments in multiple Departments from across the Health Sciences Center and beyond, including Medicine, Surgery, Biochemistry, Cancer Prevention, Behavioral Medicine, Radiology, Health Promotions, and Communication.

Research areas of emphasis within the program include the development of novel patient imaging approaches in breast cancer, clinical trials, and the molecular genetics of breast cancer. Examples of currently-active, projects include the development of innovative PET imaging approaches for breast cancer management, regulation of receptor tyrosine kinase signaling, mitotic checkpoint regulation, cell fate regulation by transcription factors, and in vivo models of breast cancer.

There are several clinical protocols available for patients who wish to participate, spanning the clinical stages from pre-invasive lesions to Stage IV breast cancer.