Timothy Rebbeck on health disparities

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Health disparities exist when particular groups of people experience different disease outcomes than the general population. Cancer is a complex disease with many facets, and there are widespread disparities influenced by factors including social and economic status, environment, and genetics. In this recent interview for the American Cancer Society, Timothy Rebbeck, Editor-In-Chief of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, explains that many of the recent breakthroughs in eliminating such disparities are due to innovative interdisciplinary approaches.

Dr. Rebbeck is collaborator of researchers at the UTHSCSA, including Dr. Ian Thompson, Director of the Cancer Center and Robin Leach, a PI on the Cancer Bioinformatics Initiative. Drs Leach and Thompson joined the MADCaP (Men of African Descent and Carcinoma of the Prostate) Consortium directed by Dr. Rebbeck and have contributed data gathered as part of the UTHSCSA Early Detection Research Network. By looking at susceptibility and genetic variations across several ethnic groups, they were able to identify several genetic variations that were associated with increased susceptibility to prostate cancer. You can read more about this work in the following publications:

Validation of Genome-Wide Prostate Cancer Associations in Men of African Descent
Chang et al. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 20(1):23-32 2011 (PMCID: PMC3110616).

Global Patterns of Prostate Cancer Incidence, Aggressiveness, and Mortality in Men of African Descent
Rebbeck et al. Prostate Cancer 2013 (PMCID: PMC3583061).