Sonia S. Kupfer, M.D. - 2009 Young Investigator Award
Vitamin D Metabolism Genes and Risk of Colorectal Cancer in African Americans
Awarded a $75,000 2009 Young Investigator Award
African Americans have the highest incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer. Vitamin D appears to protect against colorectal cancer, and African Americans have the lowest vitamin D levels in the United States. Therefore, it is plausible that vitamin D insufficiency may account for some of the cancer disparities that appear in this population. The goal of this proposal is to better understand how hereditary factors involved in regulating vitamin D levels are associated with risk of colorectal cancer in this high-risk population.
"I owe a great deal to the Cancer Research Foundation for giving me a head start. This financial help made the difference between my getting a fast and successful start, and my other wise struggling to obtain the necessary funds to get my research program started."Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and Human Genetics University of Chicago
April 30, 2010