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Join the UNC Program for Precision Medicine in Healthcare (PPMH) for Precision Health @UNC: Health Disparities and Precision Medicine, a virtual mini-symposium on December 9th from 1:30 to 3:00pm. At this interactive event, you will engage in discussion with leading Precision Medicine researchers at UNC. Presenters will include Victoria Bae-Jump MD/PhD, Sam Cykert MD, and Kirsten Nyrop PhD.


  • Victoria Bae-Jump MD/PhD, Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, will share recent research findings in “Racial Disparities and Underlying Molecular Subtypes in Endometrial Cancer.”
    • Endometrial cancer (EC) harbors one of the worst racial disparities among all cancers with Non-Hispanic Black (NHB) women suffering a 55% higher mortality from endometrial cancer (EC) than non-Hispanic white (NHW) women. Potential biological causes for this disparity in NHB women include: a higher risk of more lethal tumor histologies (serous) and molecular subtypes (TP53 mutations; Copy Number High, CNH) and greater rates of obesity/diabetes as will be explored in this presentation.
  • Sam Cykert MD, Professor of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and Director of the UNC School of Medicine Program on Health and Clinical Informatics will present on the topic of “Building Systems to Combat Black-White Disparities in Cancer Treatment: The Case of Precision Medicine.”
    • We will discuss the early evidence showing that current Precision Medicine efforts are already resulting in Black-White disparities regarding testing and treatment. We will then discuss how an evidence-based intervention that has mitigated treatment disparities in breast and lung cancer can be applied to precision medicine care.
  • Kirsten Nyrop PhD, Assistant Professor of Oncology, will present on “Weight and Weight Gain in Black and White Women with Early Breast Cancer within the Larger Context of the Obesity Epidemic.”
    • This presentation focuses on weight and weight management concerns in women with early breast cancer and how these concerns might be discussed during a busy clinic visit. It is noted that high BMI in women with early breast cancer needs to be understood within the larger context of the US obesity epidemic.


These dynamic discussion forums will explore the breadth of Precision Health initiatives at UNC and make connections between colleagues with similar research interests. We hope to see you there!

Click here to register and here to choose which breakout room to attend. Contact with any questions.

Click here to watch the event recording.