BCERCBreast Cancer and Environment Research Centers
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And more was on the way from another major research program at the NIEHS that was starting up just as BCERC was winding down: the Sister Study.
Between 2010 and 2014 the NIEHS funded a second phase of BCERC (13,28) to further investigate factors as diverse as prenatal environmental exposures,29 high-fat diets during puberty, (30) bisphenol A exposures, (31) and interactions among genes and endocrine disruptors.
Specifically, in their Table 1 they included demographics about the sex and race/ethnicity of the investigators from BCERC centers, but no similar table characterized the participants in their study.
The PFOA findings were presented in a graphic that compared the results for communities A and B with data from the 1999-2000 NHANES national data set, a Parkersburg, West Virginia, cohort, and the San Francisco Bay area BCERC cohort.
The transdisciplinary structure of the BCERC allows for the integration of diverse scientific and community perspectives.
Scientists are defined as BCERC participants trained in cell biology or epidemiology who are researching particular environmental impacts on the development of breast cancer.
Characteristics at visit 1 and by site for 1,151 girls with at least one biomarker value: BCERC cohort, 2004-2007 [n(%)].
Individual research questions and hypotheses in BCERC are driven by gaps in our knowledge that are presented at genetic, metabolic, cellular, individual, and environmental (physical and social) levels.
Participants in this pilot study were among the first children enrolled at three BCERC centers.
Three important features characterize the BCERC program.
This information will be shared within the network and will assist in the design of communication, education, and outreach strategies to be used throughout the duration of BCERC and beyond.
Our article (Baralt and McCormick 2010) and recommendations ate both in the spirit of furthering the work of the BCERCs and projects like the BCERCs that engage in the "ongoing, interactive, collaborative, critical process of science and advocacy," as Wolff and Barlow describe their work with the BCERCs over the past 7 years.