Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Development of breast cancer prevention in Arab and Muslim countries"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2010 - DURI
Research area(s):
biology and anthropology
Project Description:
The goal of this project, which is part of the international breast cancer and nutrition (IBCN) program project, is to study breast cancer management in selected Arab and Muslim countries. Because these countries may face special circumstances related to religious and cultural traditions, we need to know more about how those factors affect breast cancer awareness, treatment, and prevention. This project will seek information on the status of breast cancer screening, collect the numbers on incidence and mortality, and study breast cancer management plans in light of the cultural background, dietary habits and health care and public policy systems of the countries. This study will help determine how to approach and optimize the participation of some of these countries in an international breast cancer prevention research program. Through this project, the student will learn about international public health recommendations, the biology of breast cancer, and an anthropological approach to health.
Expected Student Contributions:
literatue search on the different aspects of the project and analysis of the articles; summarize findings in a comparative mode; analysis of epidemiological data related to breast cancer. Identify differences among countries and analogies and work on the formulation of questions that need to be answered in order to develop breast cancer prevention research in the countries selected.
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Desired Qualifications:
GPA 3.5 or higher
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Lelievre, Sophie
basic medical sciences

Student Supervisor

Sophie Lelievre
Associate Professor of Basic Medical Sciences

Cooperating Faculty

Ellen Gruenbaum
Anthropology/Liberal Arts