Four Pitt Researchers Receive American Cancer Society Grants


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Four cancer researchers from the University of Pittsburgh will share $882,000 in grants recently awarded by the American Cancer Society (ACS) as part of a $45 million funding program.

Sarah M. Belcher, BSN, of Pitt’s Department of Health and Community Systems, will further her research on patients with multiple primary cancers to determine what factors increase an adult survivor’s risk for persistent stress and how responses to stress influence health outcomes.

Sarah Gallups, MPH, of Pitt’s Department of Acute and Tertiary Care, aims to improve potential inequalities in cancer care by identifying obstacles and measuring the efficiency of current patient navigation programs.

Dexing Zeng, PhD, of Pitt’s Department of Medicine, will further his research on noninvasive imaging of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Dr. Zeng is proposing a novel imaging strategy to detect pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma precursor lesions noninvasively, offering an opportunity for early identification of these lesions.

Yehui Zhu, MSN, of Pitt’s Department of Health and Community Systems, is investigating factors that increase the risk for developing aromatase inhibitor–related musculoskeletal symptoms in postmenopausal women with breast cancer, with a goal of identifying those at high risk so these symptoms can be better managed. ■

Sarah M. Belcher, BSN

Sarah M. Belcher, BSN

Sarah Gallups, MPH

Sarah Gallups, MPH

Dexing Zeng, PhD

Dexing Zeng, PhD

Yehui Zhu, MSN

Yehui Zhu, MSN



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