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Support of epidemiologic research into the causes of cancer has been a major focus at Westat for more than 35 years.
Questions about the efficacy of screening are key to impacting cancer morbidity and mortality. The Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial was designed by the National Cancer Institute in the early 1990s to address these questions for the four cancers that make up its name.
What is the course of disease for individuals with an inherited bone marrow failure syndrome? Why do some present early in life with severe disease, while others are affected when older? What are the various disease-causing genes and mutations in these syndromes? Westat is supporting NCI's Clinical Genetics Branch to find the answers to these and related questions.
Burkitt lymphoma is the most common childhood cancer in countries in equatorial Africa. The high rates are associated with early infection with malaria parasites and the Epstein-Barr virus, but further research is needed to better understand the relationship between infection and this lymphoma. Westat is in Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya to support these research efforts.
Westat staff will be addressing many topics of interest at the 2014 Federal CASIC (Computer-Assisted Survey Information Collection) Workshops in Washington, DC, on March 18-20, 2014. Westat Vice Presidents Jane Shepherd and Brad Edwards are the Westat coordinators for this annual workshop series. The series is sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau.Continue reading FedCASIC 2014 Draws Westat's Range of Expertise
Amelia Burke-Garcia, Director of Westat’s Center for Digital Strategy & Research, explores future trends in digital media use for public health in a recent paper published by Oxford Journals’ Journal of Public Health.Continue reading Westat Researcher Explores Digital Media Trends for Public Health
Westat researchers co-authored a report, State Implementation of Reforms Promoted Under the Recovery Act, examining state implementation of key education reform strategies funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). The report summarizes reform implementation during the 2010-11 school year, measures state progress since Recovery Act funds were first available, and outlines state's challenges.Continue reading State Education Reform Implementation Examined by Westat