Global Burden of Cancer
Dr. Funmi Olopade and others are organizing to build on U of C strengths in cancer and genomics to create large-scale, prospective cohort studies to better understand the extent and manifestations of cancer globally. This group will also explore how to strengthen health systems so they can respond to the expanding burden of other chronic, non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, COPD, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases.
Personalized Medicine and Pharmacogenomics
At the University of Chicago's Center for Personalized Medicine, where Professors Eileen Dolan, PhD, Mark Ratain, MD, and Nancy Cox, PhD, are interested in advancing the field of clinical pharmacology and pharmacogenomics by studying diverse cohorts of patients undergoing cancer treatment. While undergoing chemotherapy, most patients have a “watch and wait” period in which the effectiveness of the treatment is unknown. Care of cancer patients would be greatly improved if physicians could better predict which individuals are at greatest risk of experiencing chemotherapy-related toxicities and non-response and could choose chemotherapy regimens based on potential clinical benefits and side effects.