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SDSU: Assistant Professor Receives NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award K01

Dr. Humberto Parada Jr., assistant professor in the San Diego State University School of Public Health, has been awarded National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity.

This career development award will focus on examining the role of polyunsaturated fatty acids in mortality following breast cancer among women who participated in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) Study, a multi-site randomized trial of the effect of a plant-based dietary pattern on breast cancer recurrence and survival. Specifically, Dr. Parada will examine red blood cell fatty acids in association with mortality following breast cancer and breast tumor gene expression.

“Few studies have examined fatty acid intake in association with breast cancer mortality and these studies relied on self-reported assessments to estimate fatty acid intake”, Dr. Humberto Parada explained. “In this study I will examine a biomarker of fatty acids, which overcomes many of the limitations with self-report. Knowing whether intake of fatty acids such as omega-3s and omega-6s impacts mortality following breast cancer is important among women looking to make dietary changes to improve their prognosis following breast cancer.”

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