Decision-making about genomic testing and research engagement

Section of Surgical Oncology and Division of Public Health Sciences

The goals of this project are to encourage research on methods with direct engagement of participants, including cancer patients and post-treatment cancer survivors; to use these methods for genome sequencing initiatives regarding gaps in knowledge of genomic characterizations of tumors; and to focus on rare and/or understudied cancer populations with significant disparities.  Washington University will focus on three cancer populations: Multiple myeloma in African Americans, Cholangiocarcinoma, and Colorectal cancer in African Americans under age 50.  The “engagement optimization unit” for which Dr. Politi is a co-investigator will focus on improving and evaluating consent, recruitment methods, relevance of assays, and return of results.

This project is led by Dr. Graham Colditz, Dr. Ryan Fields, Dr. Bettina Drake, and Dr. Li Ding.

Evangelou Strait, J. (2021) Cancer Moonshot Grant funds research into reducing health disparities. Cancer moonshot grant funds research into reducing health disparities. Published November 5, 2021.

This project is supported by Washington University Participant Engagement and Cancer Genomic Sequencing Center (WU-PE-CGS), National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant number U2C CA252981.