Epidemiology Seminar Zoom Meeting with Renée Turzanski Fortner, Ph.D.
April 24, 2020
10:00 am-11:00 am
The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, part of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, will host a seminar as part of the Epidemiology program, “Discovery and validation of ovarian cancer early detection markers in prospective studies: Finding the canary in the coal mine”, to be given by Dr. Renée Turzanski Fortner via Zoom. https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/5679045347 Meeting ID: 567 904 5347
This is a one time series event open to the public. This is not a co-sponsored event.
Epithelial ovarian cancer remains a highly lethal disease, owing to the fact that the malignancy is generally diagnosed at relatively late stage, when treatment options are limited and cure rates are low. Despite decades of research, relatively little progress has been made toward earlier detection. The best available approach for screening is a combination of ultrasound imaging and measurement of circulating levels of CA125; however, data to date suggest a relatively modest mortality benefit with this approach. This talk will address methodologic limitations of ovarian cancer early detection studies to date, and new initiatives for discovery and validation of novel blood-based markers underway in prospective studies.