Infection and Epidemiology of Cancer in South Asia
Utilizing the ongoing collaboration with faculty members at the Asian Institute of Public Health and the Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Center in Cuttack, resident CGHAD scientists are working on establishing local cancer registries with the aim of identifying the factors leading to the changing epidemiology of different cancers in the Indian subcontinent. Current interests include cervical cancer, breast cancer, and certain lymphomas. Preliminary work has begun to examine specific exposures and risk factors in north India that has recently seen an exponential rise in the incidence of this cancer. CGHAD laboratory scientists are also exploring any possible relationship with Salmonella infection in the development of gall stones and subsequent metaplasia. Drug resistance infections in neutropenic patients after chemotherapy is also being examined in collaboration with other UNMC faculty members. These efforts are currently being supervised by Dr. Sharmila Chatterjee.