Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Awards $7.5 Million to Baylor Scott & White Research Institute

DALLAS, TX – Baylor Scott & White Research Institute will establish the Texas site of the Connect for Cancer Prevention StudyTM (Connect), a project of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. Nine healthcare systems plan to enroll 200,000 adults across the U.S.

Katherine Sanchez, Ph.D., LCSW, research investigator and director of diversity and inclusiveness in research at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, and her team will enroll 25,000 Texans to Connect to better understand causes and prevention of cancer. Participants will be asked to complete online health surveys a few times a year and to donate samples every two to three years. The Connect team will recruit from urban, rural, low-income, and racial and ethnic populations across 46 counties in Texas.

Through Connect, researchers hope to identify factors that could affect cancer risk and other health outcomes. These findings have the potential to influence future public health and cancer prevention guidance.

"We are excited to leverage Baylor Scott & White Health's resources, clinical experience, and health system structure to address a broad range of questions related to cancer," said Sanchez. "The long-term potential is to identify social, environmental, behavioral, and genetic factors that underlie cancer risk among Texans. We are uniquely positioned to recruit and enroll diverse populations who reflect the makeup of the state." 

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