Chicago Multiethnic Population And Surveillance Study (COMPASS)

COMPASS is a population-based cohort study designed by researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine to understand how lifestyle, healthcare-related factors, environment, and genetics (inherent tendency to acquire or avert disease) affect health. COMPASS is led by Institute Director Dr. Habib Ahsan (COMPASS PI) and Institute Associate Director Dr. Brisa Aschebrook-KIlfoy. Over the next several years, COMPASS will evaluate many different scientific questions relating to lifestyle, environment, biological and other factors to identify the reasons why specific individuals or racial population subgroups have different risks of developing cancer and other chronic diseases. Identifying the causes of these diseases and their differences across population sub-groups will help us develop new strategies to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases among all Chicagoans.

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