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Dr. Christabel Cheung Published in Journal of Clinical Oncology

Assistant Professor Christabel Cheung, PhD, MSW, and colleagues led by Drs. Lauren Ghazal and Brad Zebrack at the University of Michigan have a new commentary published in JCO Precision Oncology entitled, “Social genomics as a framework for understanding health disparities among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.” The authors review current knowledge on social genomics in oncology across disciplines and discuss an emerging opportunity for application of social genomics in adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology research. They assert that disparities in health, mental health, and quality of life outcomes may be partially a function of social determinants of health, yet little is known about these effects. The social genomic approach is needed to map key biological pathways through which the known effects of social-environmental risk factors influence AYA population health and well-being.


Ghazal, L. V., Cole, S., Salsman, J. M., Wagner, L., Duan, F., Gareen, I., Lux, L., Parsons, S. K., Cheung, C.K., Loeb, D. M., Prasad, P., Dinner, S., & Zebrack, B. (2022). Social Genomics as a Framework for Understanding Health Disparities Among Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors: A Commentary. JCO precision oncology, 6, e2100462.



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