Nashville Breast Studies

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Department of Biostatistics
S-2323 Medical Center North
Nashville, TN 37232-2158

(615) 322-2001
(800) 242-0378
Clockwise from left: Marcia Freudenthal, Dr. William Dupont,
Dale Plummer, Dr. David Page, Cheryl Sharpe,
Peggy Schuyler, R.N.

The Nashville Breast Study is concerned with identifying breast cancer risk factors in women with a history of benign breast disease. This research is funded by the National Cancer Institute who have supported our work for the past 23 years. Women who have undergone benign breast biopsy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, St. Thomas Hospital or Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee and who have no previous history of breast cancer are eligible for this study. As of August 1997, 15,696 of these women have agreed to assist us in our research. We have been able to show that most women who have undergone benign breast biopsies are not at increased risk of breast cancer and that only a minority of women with specific types of breast disease are at increased risk. The current focus of our research is to identify molecular markers of breast cancer risk that may be useful in reducing breast cancer mortality and that may increase our understanding of this disease.

We are very grateful to the thousands of Nashville women, to hundreds of Nashville physicians, and to Baptist and St. Thomas Hospitals for making this research possible.

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Research Team

William D. Dupont, Ph. D.
Professor of Biostatistics & Preventive Medicine

David L. Page, M.D.
Professor of Pathology & Preventive Medicine

Fritz F. Parl, M.D., Ph. D.
Professor of Pathology

Cindy L. Vnencak-Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology & Pediatrics

Roy A. Jensen, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology

Carlos Arteaga, M.D.
Cell Biology

Peggy A. Schuyler, R.N.
Research Nurse

Dale Plummer
Systems Analyst

Marcia G. Freudenthal
Staff Assistant

Nadi Roodi, B.S.
Laboratory Technician

Visitors may find some of the information on breast cancer in the following web pages to be helpful. We are not, however, able to vouch for the accuracy or completeness of this information.

Topic revision: r2 - 29 Feb 2008, DalePlummer

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