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Ohio State researcher to share findings on breast cancer

By Sarah Ryan and Colleen Carow

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 24, 2009) – A cancer researcher will discuss new advances at a free, public lecture hosted by Ohio University, on Tues., March 3, at 2:10 p.m. in Stocker Center 103 on the West Green of the Athens campus.

Jeffrey Parvin, director of the Biomedical Informatics Shared Resource of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, will speak on "Identification of A Breast Cancer Associated Regulatory Network."  When breast cancer runs in families, often the women who contract breast cancer have inherited a mutant form of breast cancer 1 or 2 (BRCA). However, these genes do not explain all cases of familial breast cancer.

Parvin and his team use publicly available data to find candidate breast cancer gene information that may be of value to breast cancer patients. A combination of data analysis tools and laboratory biology are used to help evaluate these genes, which will be tested with breast tumor samples obtained from surgical removal of these tumors.

Parvin is currently Louis Levy Professor for Cancer at, and interim chair of, the department of biomedical informatics at The Ohio State University.

He received his M.D. and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and did post-doctoral research in cancer biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The lecture is sponsored in part by the Russ College of Engineering and Technology's Center for Intelligent, Distributed and Dependable Systems, as part of the Bioinformatics Colloquium Series, part of an initiative to make the state of Ohio a national leader in bioinformatics.

CONTACT: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Carow at 740.593.1488 or carow@ohio.edu

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