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Brenda Diergaarde

Brenda Diergaarde

Program: Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

412-623-5891 UPMC Cancer Pavilion
5150 Centre Ave, Suite 4C
Pittsburgh PA

Dr. Diergaarde's research examines the role of diet, lifestyle and genetic variation in the development, progression and treatment of cancer, including cancers of the lung, head and neck, colon, ovaries and breast, and aims to identify markers for risk stratification, early detection and response to treatment. She is currently Co-Leader of Project 2 of the UPCI Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Lung Cancer. This project seeks to establish the relationship between vitamin D exposure, pulmonary inflammation and lung cancer risk and so provide strong rationale for a vitamin D-based approach to lung cancer prevention. She is also Leader of Project 1 of the UPCI SPORE in Head and Neck Cancer. Using data and samples from a large, clinic-based case-control study, this project investigates the role of genetic variation and gene-environment interactions in the development, progression and treatment of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

Research Interests and Keywords
  • Biomarkers
  • cancer epidemiology
  • Cancer prevention
  • Diet
  • Genetic Variation
  • head and neck cancer
  • lifestyle
  • Lung Cancer
  • Molecular Epidemiology
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