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Johns Hopkins: Researcher Awarded $540K Grant from American Cancer Society to Evaluate Novel Approaches Addressing Breast Cancer Disparities

Dr. Avonne Connor, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has received a $540,000, four-year grant from the American Cancer Society. Dr. Connor will conduct a feasibility study of minority breast cancer survivors to pilot new study methods to inform a future population-based intervention study of racially/ethnically diverse breast cancer survivors at high risk of poor outcomes due to biological differences and social inequities.

The cause of breast cancer survival disparities among African American and U.S. Hispanic women is multifactorial and reflects the interplay between biological factors (i.e., tumor characteristics and health status) and socioeconomic disparities. To effectively intervene to reduce breast cancer disparities, researchers seek to identify the mechanisms by which these disparities arise to tailor and implement both community- and individual-level appropriate interventions.

Dr. Connor’s research includes examining the roles of modifiable lifestyle factors in the etiology and progression of breast cancer among ethnically diverse study populations. She has investigated the associations between obesity and obesity-associated comorbid conditions and breast cancer outcomes, and the associations between specific obesity-, insulin-, and inflammation-related genetic variants and breast cancer risk and prognosis.

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