Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"International breast cancer screening strategies: Identifying gaps and"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2010 - DURI
Research area(s):
cancer prevention, breast cancer screening, epidemiology, communication
Project Description:
The International Breast Cancer and Nutrition (IBCN) project is a Purdue-initiated research team led by several faculty members including Drs. Sophie Lelièvre and Jakob Jensen. We are looking for a promising undergraduate intern to work on several aspects of the project. The proposed project seeks to identify the link between breast cancer stages and nutrition by working with countries presenting different levels of incidence of breast cancer and different dietary patterns. Since this project requires the study of tissues from breast cancer patients, it is important to work with countries that are using or developing breast cancer screening programs. Thus, a key first step in this project is to (a) assess the status of breast cancer screening in six target countries (USA, France, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Japan, Ghana), (b) identify differences between the programs, and (c) explicate the underlying causes for such differences. The screening programs will be studied in light of the cultural context as well as the incidence of breast cancer by age group. In a second part, how countries screen different age groups will be analyzed and solutions will be proposed to improve early detection of breast cancer in young women (below 40).
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will be involved in all steps of the project and will be co-mentored by a cancer biologist expert in cancer prevention programs and a communication expert involved in breast cancer screening analysis. She/he will learn to develop a research strategy to address the different aims of the project, and to identify and analyze the appropriate literature. The student will also learn to present the research project for poster and oral presentations and will be involved in the writing of manuscripts related to his/her own part of the project.
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Desired Qualifications:
At least 3.5 GPA.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Lelievre, Sophie
basic medical sciences

Student Supervisor

Sophie Lelievre
Associate Professor of Basic Medical Sciences

Cooperating Faculty

Jakob Jensen
Communication/Liberal Arts