'Ray of Hope' breast cancer registry reaches milestone

'Ray of Hope' breast cancer registry reaches milestone
July 6, 2018

UMass Amherst Veterinary and Animal Sciences Professor and Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research co-director, D. Joseph Jerry, has reached a milestone. The project—building a tissue sample registry of patients linked to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment—now includes some 1,000 participants.

Dr. Jerry’s research focuses on reproductive and family health history as predictors to developing breast cancer. The influencing factors of genetic background and hormonal exposure in combination with recent molecular and cellular biology techniques help provide clues to one’s susceptibility to breast cancer. These collaborative studies provide a foundation for diagnostic tests that will help screen those at high risk for breast cancer as well as establishing data for the molecular basis for breast premalignancy.

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Dr. Jerry discusses how his curiosity led him from animal science to breast cancer research: