- About the Study
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- New York: Columbia University Medical Center
- Ontario: Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mt. Sinai Hospital
- Philadelphia: Fox Chase Cancer Center, the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- San Francisco Bay Area: Cancer Prevention Institute of California
- Utah: Huntsman Cancer Institute
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Ontario: Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mt. Sinai Hospital
Dr. Irene Andrulis, Principal Investigator
Dr. Andrulis and her colleagues are interested in the identification of factors associated with susceptibility, histopathology and prognosis of cancer. They conduct multi-disciplinary studies to identify genetic alterations that may play a role in breast cancer and to determine the clinical importance of these changes. They use high throughput molecular technologies, biostatistics and bioinformatics and their studies include characterization of novel genes and pathways by biochemical and functional testing. The goals of their studies are to explore the clinical importance of genetic alterations, to identify risk factors and lifestyle modifications early enough to prevent or diminish the effects of cancer, to tailor treatment to increase the likelihood of a cure, and to identify novel targets for new cancer therapeutics.
Dr. Andrulis and her colleagues have recruited and followed clinically two large cohorts of women with breast cancer, one is a group with axillary lymph node negative breast cancer and the other is the Ontario Familial Breast Cancer Registry (OFBCR). More recently, through the OCGN and the OFBCR they are recruiting girls to the LEGACY study.
Dr. Julia Knight, Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Knight is an epidemiologist by training and her research program has largely focused on understanding the genetic and non-genetic causes of cancer, particularly breast cancer, with a view to disease prevention and also on the determinants of and health-related associations with vitamin D. Additional areas of interest include melatonin and circadian disruption, alcohol, hormones, and body composition. A particular area of interest is the study of early events related to the development of breast cancer and the development of intermediate endpoints in order to study these events.
Danielle Hanna, MS CGC, Study Coordinator
Danielle Hanna, MS CGC is a certified genetic counselor at the Ontario Familial Breast Cancer Registry and study coordinator of the LEGACY Girls Study at Princess Margaret Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto Ontario.
Ms. Hanna received her MS in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. For well over 10 years, she has worked with families in the clinical cancer genetics setting with a primary focus on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. She loves gardening, baking and lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband, two kids, rabbit and two frogs.