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Rutgers Receives Grant to Study Head and Neck Cancer Among World Trade Center Rescue and Recovery Workers

Rutgers School of Public Health and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School faculty have been awarded funding by the Rutgers Center for Environmental Exposures and Disease, a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences funded center (ES005022). The $31,628 pilot project will study head and neck cancer in World Trade Center (WTC) rescue and recovery workers, building on current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded research (U01OH011322) being conducted by Rutgers School of Public Health faculty.

[Dr. Judith Graber]

Dr. Judith Graber, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Rutgers School of Public Health and Dr. Mark Einstein professor and chair, Department of OB/GYN and Women’s Health, assistant dean, Clinical Research Unit, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, will lead the project titled “Carcinogenesis of head and neck tumors among World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers; a feasibility study”, known by the acronym BHANCS (Biomonitoring Head and Neck Cancer Study), which aims to study and to assess the feasibility of investigating the etiology of oropharyngeal tumors among WTC rescue and recovery workers. Further, this pilot study will assess Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) genotype prevalence and DNA methylation in oropharyngeal tumors among WTC responders and matched controls from Rutgers University Hospital.

Co-investigators include: Dr. Kenneth Ruehl, Professor Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and Interim Director, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute; Dr. Neena Mirani, MBB, Professor Pathology, Ophthalmology and Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital; Dr. Dirk Moore, associate professor, Department of Biostatistics, Rutgers School of Public Health; Dr. Anna Giuliano, professor and director, Center for Infection Research in Cancer (CIRC), Mofeltt Cancer Center; and, Dr. Emanuela Taioli, professor and director, Institute for Translational Epidemiology and World Trade Center Biorepository PI, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.