Cancer Epidemiology Studies

In 2010, the Epidemiology and Research Recruitment Core (ERRC), Co-Directed by Institute members Drs. Brisa Aschebrook-Kilfoy and Brian Chiu, at UChicago was established to foster projects of high quality epidemiologic, genetic, and behavioral research. In addition to investigator initiated projects, the ERRC has its own IRB approved protocol for collection of questionnaire, blood, urine, saliva, medical records, and follow-up contact from patients newly diagnosed with cancers at University of Chicago Medical Center. Since its inception in 2010, the ERRC coordinators have recruited more than 4,000 participants from various cancer sites including blood malignancies (i.e., lymphoma, multiple myeloma) and cancers of the breast, head and neck, colon, rectum, prostate, bladder, and kidney. The overall participating rates are approximately 80%. This resource supports several concurrent research initiatives from investigators at U Chicago departments as well as other institutions nationwide.