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Grantees of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Prevention Research Initiative Gather in Houston to Report Interim Findings
Date:11/15/2007

ublic because it is in the early stages, Dr. Marc Hurlbert, Scientific Director of the Avon Foundation, notes that, "we wish to bring the model of this program to the attention of the public and other researchers since collaborations and sharing of interim data is not a typical practice in research. The Avon Foundation hopes to be a change agent in the process of research as well as in the actual studies we fund."

A few of the areas of investigation in the Breast Cancer Prevention Research Initiative include:

-- New techniques to assess physiology and permeability in a woman's

breast under development by Dr. Dixie Mills, Clinical Research

Director, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. These techniques move

away from reliance on animal models and biopsy of specimens, and

instead study the physiology of the "living, intact breast."

-- Dr. Christine Erdmann, PhD, MPH, University of Michigan, School of

Public Health, reported her work analyzing epidemiology population data

from prior studies to understand the interactions of critical risk

factors, including age at first pregnancy, body mass index, and alcohol

consumption.

-- Several doctors provided very preliminary reports on their efforts to

understand which genes and proteins change after pregnancy in breast

tissue that could have a later impact on breast cancer.

"These are novel lines of research that will help in the fight to better understand and prevent breast cancer," said Dr. Daniel Medina, Professor, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine. "Baylor is proud to host this collaborative meeting with the Avon Foundation."

"The Breast Cancer Prevention Research Initiative is breaking traditional paradigms," noted Dr. Dixie Mills, "first, by providing funds to support these unusual research studies, and then by fostering collaboration. The Avon Foundation firs
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