LITTLE ROCK – A research study at the
Spit for the Cure involves the collection of saliva samples from thousands of women and is being conducted with the support of the Arkansas Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The saliva samples will be used to create a DNA database for future studies related to breast cancer risk and treatment. Participants also will be asked to answer a short questionnaire and indicate if they would be willing to participate in follow-up studies. All information will be kept confidential.
To participate, contact Susan Kadlubar, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental and occupational health in the UAMS College of Public Health, at (501) 526-7957. Additional researchers leading the study are V. Suzanne Klimberg, M.D., director of the breast cancer program at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute (formerly the Arkansas Cancer Research Center), and Kristy Bondurant, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow.
“It has become clear that an individual’s inherited profile and environmental exposures will decide, to a large degree, that individual’s risk of developing breast cancer,” Klimberg said. “We are working to obtain DNA samples from a representative group of
Researchers will be allowed to access the samples and data linked by unique identification codes in order to address specific questions related to the factors affecting breast cancer risk and treatment, without having access to information that could identify participants.
“Because the study is noninvasive, it is easy to participate,” Kadlubar said. “By collecting samples from women at Susan G. Komen for the Cure events, as well as in other locations, we hope to quickly assemble a large, representative DNA database that will benefit numerous research studies.”
Spit for the Cure booths can be found at several central
· Oct. 5-19 — Susan G. Komen for the Cure Race Space at Pleasant Ridge Town Center in Little Rock; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-6 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19
· Oct. 13 — FSM 5K for Breast Cancer Awareness and FSM Breast Cancer Survivor Luncheon during Cabotfest in downtown Cabot; call for times
· Oct. 19 — Race for the Cure Pasta Party at the River Market in
· Oct. 20 — Race for the Cure in
· Oct. 20 — Race for the Cure Survivor Luncheon at
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UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,021 students, 789 medical residents and two dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.