News from the Breast Cancer Disparities Work Group

January 30, 2019
Breast cancer disparities work group table

The GW Cancer Center hosts a monthly breast cancer disparities work group to facilitate connections across the University between researchers, clinicians and members of the community, including survivors and caregivers. This informal group is designed to foster multidisciplinary collaboration and share important research, data, funding opportunities and upcoming events, with the goal of addressing breast cancer disparities in Washington, D.C.

Some recent developments that have come from the group since it began meeting in summer 2018:

  • Aubrey Villalobos, MPH, DrPH(c) has been awarded a Jacobs Institute Schiffer Fellowship for her dissertation research project entitled “Breastfeeding Norms Among African American Women: Implications for Reducing Cancer Disparities"
  • Sherrie Wallington, PhD and Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, PhD(c), associate center director for patient-centered initiatives and health equity at the GW Cancer Center, have been selected to submit a full proposal for a CTSI pilot award for a project on “Care Coordination in Patient Adherence to Breast Cancer Treatment: A Mixed-Methods Exploration of Reasons for Disparate Breast Cancer Mortality in the Nation’s Capital"
  • Norm Lee, PhD, Kim Robien, PhD, Ami Zota, ScD and Becca Kaltman, MD have begun gathering preliminary data for a project to evaluate whether endocrine disrupting chemical exposures alter response to doxorubicin among women with triple negative breast cancers.

Members of the GW Cancer Center are invited to join the breast cancer disparities work group, which holds its next meeting on February 8 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in the second floor conference room of the Milken Institute School of Public Health building. For additional information, please email Dr. Kim Robien, who organizes the group.

Latest News

February 26, 2024
Nominations are open for the 2024 GW Cancer Center Awards, recognizing faculty and trainee excellence in research, community impact, mentorship, and early career contributions.
February 13, 2024
They’re everywhere you look, those Valentines. Today, when we celebrate all things love, it makes sense to take a look at the muscular organ beating deep within our chests and learn how nutrition goes hand in hand with heart health and cancer.
February 12, 2024
Caring for others is deeply rooted in Victoria Atchison’s DNA. When she was a young girl, she wanted to be a veterinarian. As a high school student, she shadowed a physician assistant (PA) in her primary care provider’s practice, and her career trajectory shifted. Now, as a PA at George Washington…