Georita M. Frierson

Study finds college students willing to donate genetic material to biobanks for research

A majority of college students is receptive to donating blood or other genetic material for scientific research, according to a new study from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

In what appears to be the first study to gauge college students’ willingness to donate to a genetic biobank, the study surveyed 250 male and female undergraduate and graduate students. Continue reading

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Pilot study looks at women with rare Triple Negative breast cancer, which often strikes young women, minorities

TNBC%20breast%20cancer%20150x120.jpgGroundbreaking SMU research looks at women fighting Triple Negative Breast Cancer — an aggressive subtype striking 10 to 20 percent of women with breast cancer — typically young, African-American/Hispanic, or testing positive for BRCA1 gene mutation, says SMU psychologist Georita Frierson.

The two-year study will survey up to 60 women recently diagnosed. The study is probing patients’ stress, anxiety and concerns about the psychological and social hurdles they face, said Frierson, principal investigator, who is collaborating with the University of Texas Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.
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