Dietary patterns and biomarkers in Norwegian women
This is an NFR funded project with one PhD student and involves several investigators in the department. We will use data collected on 7000 women to identify dietary patterns and correlate this with various bioimarkers. The first biomarker we will measure is serum-carotenoids in collaboration with Rune Blomhoff.
Dietary and other lifestyle factors and mammographic density in Norwegian women
This project has funds from Kreftforeningen and NFR and involves both dietary aspects, hormonal factors as well as genetic variables on a dataset with 2500 Norwegian women. Three PhD students (including one in the US) and one postdoctoral fellow is involved.
Mammographic density in California and Singaporean Chinese women
These are genetic-epidemiologic studies. In California the primary exposure variables are hormonally related risk factors, but we also have an extensive dietary component, and are collaborating with Horn-Ross and others on analyses. I have one postdoctoral fellow on these analyses. Diet is the main variable in the Singaporean Chinese women, and Dr. Wu is the PI of this latter study.
Mammographic density as intermediate marker for breast cancer risk
This involves a variety of collaborative projects with researchers in Europe (separate studies in Poland and Germany), a green tea trial with researchers in Minnesota (Kurzer, PI), a project within the Women’s Health Initiative Trial (Pisano, PI), a study of the modifying effect of body mass on mammographic density effects (Maskarinec, PI), several separate projects within Norway (Børresen-Dale, Kristensen, Helland).
Risk factors for breast and other female cancer
I have several projects both using data on early onset breast cancer as well as data from the California Teachers Cohort Study, with one PhD student and one postdoctoral fellow (both in the US) working on this.