Centre researchers are co-investigators on two CIHR-funded projects

Dr. Rachel Murphy (on the left) and Dr. Trevor Dummer (on the right)
Risk factors for colorectal & breast cancers to be studied

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Drs. Rachel Murphy and Trevor Dummer are co-investigators on two projects that recently received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The first project, entitled “Occupational exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and colorectal cancer risk,” will examine whether exposure to chemicals that disrupt the body’s hormone systems increases the risk of colorectal cancer. The research will be based on an ongoing Canadian study that began in 2009, which includes men and women who volunteered to share information on their health, lifestyle, environment and behaviours.

The second project, entitled “Examining the etiology of young-onset breast cancer in the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project,” will examine the risk factors of young-onset breast cancers in those less than 50 years of age. Further, they will use breast tumour samples collected from participants to study how lifestyle and environmental factors affect the patterns of mutations within the tumours.