Yale Researchers Receive Grant to Study Breast Cancer in Hispanic Women

A trio of researchers at Yale University received a $270,000 grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure to study health care disparities faced by Hispanic women with breast cancer. The team will conduct research on whether the discovery of a new family of serum proteins can lead to earlier detection of breast cancer. The researchers will also study whether there are biological differences to explain why Hispanic women are more likely than other women to die from breast cancer.

The research is being led by Nita J. Maihle, a professor of obstetrics/gynecology and a professor of pathology. She received her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed postdoctoral training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the National Cancer Institute. She was a faculty member at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for 15 years before joining the faculty at Yale in 2003.

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