2014 Foundation Grant Recipients
The Microbiome of Benign & Malignant Human Breast Tissue
Tina Hieken MD, Associate Professor of Surgery
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester MN
Grant Focus: To conduct a translational pilot study to examine the hypothesis that breast tissue contains an endogenous micobiome with systematic and demonstrable differences between women with benign and malignant breast disease to determine if variants in the breast microbiome are associated with breast cancer.
Variation in Treatment for Breast Cancer-What Factors are Influencing Patient Choice
Bonnie Jerome-D'Emilia, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey/St. Vincent's Hospital, Camden, NJ
Grant Focus: A study to improve the understanding of the physician and patient related factors that influence choice of a more radical surgical procedure, either unilateral (TM) or bilateral (CPM) mastectomy, rather than breast conserving surgery, as a treatment for breast cancer in a community teaching hospital.
Post Mastectomy Radiation in Local Regionally Advanced Breast Cancer: Survey of Physician Referral Patterns and Perception
Devina Siregar MD, Research Fellow
City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte CA
Grant Focus: A survey to identify if differences in referral patterns are a result of discussion between physician and patient; to understand if physician demographics, education, training and practice focus affect referrals; to better understand physician perception of patient’s decision regarding PMRT; to evaluate if geographic variations is associated with a difference in PMRT referral patterns and if difference is associated with race/ethnicity and/or SES.
The Effect of Type of Breast Reconstruction on Long-Term Psychosocial Functioning in Women with Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy
Kelly Metcalfe, Associate Professor and Adjunct Scientist
Women's College Research Institute (affiliated with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine), Toronto Ontario
Grant Focus: This grant provides travel funds for an Associate Professor and Adjunct Scientist to travel to The American Society of Breast Surgeon’s 15th Annual Meeting and present her research titled The Effect of Type of Breast Reconstruction on Long-Term Psychosocial Functioning in Women with Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy whereby she will have the opportunity to discuss the results of her research with investigators and surgeons in the field of breast surgery from all over the world.
What Physicians and Patients Need to Know about Breast Density
Andrea Barrio MD, Attending Breast Surgeon and Associate Program Director Breast Fellowship
Barbara Brodsky Comprehensive Breast Center at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA
Grant Focus: The funding will help the Barbara Brodsky Comprehensive Breast Center improve the ability to provide quality education for patients and ordering providers. This will be completed by development of an educational brochure about breast density and breast cancer risk for patients undergoing screening mammography. A second brochure will be developed for ordering health care providers with more in-depth information and current evidence-based practice guidelines. Two on-site educational programs for health care providers and patients will be provided as part of the grant.
Education and Travel Grant:
The American Society of Breast Surgeons 15th Annual Meeting
Soe Mon MD, Senior Consultant Surgeon
East Yangon General Hospital, Yangon Myanmar
Grant Focus: These grants provides travel funds for a Senior Consultant Surgeon from a teaching hospital in Yangon under the Ministry of Health to fully participate, learn from and network with other surgeons by attending The American Society of Breast Surgeon's 15th Annual Meeting.
The American Society of Breast Surgeon's 15th Annual Meeting
Alicia Staley, Patient Advocate
Grant Focus: This grant provides travel funds for a Patient Advocate to attend The American Society of Breast Surgeon's 15th Annual Meeting and in turn educate the breast cancer community on advances in surgical care and treatment options.