Cincinnati Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program

  • Meet the Team

    Director

    Frank Biro, MD
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Division of Adolescent Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Email: frank.biro@cchmc.org
    Phone: 513-636-8602 

    Recognized nationally as a clinician, educator and investigator in the field of adolescent medicine. His research interests focus on the impact of pubertal development on health and illness. Current work includes studies to evaluate bone development during puberty, the mechanisms responsible for pubertal changes from exposure to chemicals and other endocrine disruptors, and how physical maturation and activity impact the development of risk factors for adult medical problems such as cancer and heart disease.

  • Coinvestigators

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    + Susan Pinney, PhD - Co-investigator

    Susan Pinney, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati
    Email: pinneysm@ucmail.uc.edu
    Phone: 513-558-0684
    BCERP role: Co-investigator

    Conducts research that investigates how environmental chemical and metal exposures affect the process of puberty.   She collaborates on designing methods for data and specimen collections, including interview questionnaire development and interview procedures.  She and her staff perform statistical analyses that address the effects of environmental exposures, and she provides upper-level data management for the BCERP Coordinating Center (for the puberty studies at all three of the program locations).

    + Robert Bornschein, PhD - Co-investigator

    Robert Bornschein, PhD
    Emeritus Professor
    Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati
    Email: bornscrl@ucmail.uc.edu
    Phone: 513-558-0996
    BCERP role: Co-investigator

    A founding member of the Cincinnati Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center. He served as its deputy director and as center director. He is also a member of the Cincinnati BCERP Advisory Board. He helps monitor and develop strategies for retention of BCERP participants and provides guidance on environmental exposures.

    + Lorah Dorn, PhD - Co-investigator and Clinical Assessments

    Lorah Dorn, PhD
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Division of Adolescent Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Email: lorah.dorn@cchmc.org
    Phone: 513-636-7204

    BCERP role: Co-Investigator and Clinical Assessments
    As a pediatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Dorn is experienced in conducting maturation assessments and has conducted several studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that examine pubertal development. She performs maturation assessments at the BCERP clinic sessions.

    + Heidi Kalkwarf, PhD, RD - Co-investigator

    Heidi Kalkwarf, PhD, RD
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Division of Adolescent Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Email: heidi.kalkwarf@cchmc.org
    Phone: 513-636-7027
    BCERP role: Co-investigator

    Research involves studying the development of dietary recommendations to optimize health, particularly bone health.  She has conducted research on dietary calcium requirements of lactating women and the changes in bone density and in calcium metabolism that occur during lactation and after weaning.

    + Bin Huang, PhD - Co-investigator and Statistician

    Bin Huang, PhD
    Associate Professor of Epidemiology
    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Email:bin.huang@cchmc.org
    Phone: 513-636-6712
    BCERP role: Co-investigator and Statistician

    Works with the BCERP’s data manager and provides consultation regarding data cleaning, descriptive statistics and data transformations.  She consults with the investigators on data analysis, interpretation of results and collaborates on writing manuscripts.

    + Paula Braverman, MD - Consultant

    Paula Braverman, MD
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Division of Adolescent Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Email:paula.braverman@cchmc.org
    Phone: 513-636-2070
    BCERP role: Consultant

    Collaborates with Keith King, PhD (consultant), in the development of a school-based outreach curriculum, Fun & Fit.  The curriculum teaches eighth- and 10th-grade students in Cincinnati area schools about the importance of healthy living.


  • Study Staff

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    + Anita Southwick, MPA - Clinical Research Coordinator

    Anita Southwick, MPA
    Email:
    anita.southwick@cchmc.org
    BCERP role: Clinical research coordinator

    Coordinates all aspects of the study.  She oversees the scheduling of clinics, staff personnel and participants. She also facilitates the psychosocial portion of the study that includes administration and referral processes. Clinic duties include working at the front desk, collecting biospecimens and anthropometrics. She is also a member of the Growing Up Female Retention Committee and Advisory Board.

    + Monica Trevino - Clinical Research Coordinator

    Monica Trevino
    Email:
    monica.trevino@cchmc.org
    BCERP role: Clinical research coordinator

    Responsible for maintaining biospecimens.  She is responsible for coding and scanning data to the coordinating center.  She oversees administration of psychosocial questionnaires at clinic sessions.

    + Lynndsey Klenk - Clinical Research Coordinator

    Lynndsey Klenk
    Email: lynndsey.klenk@cchmc.org
    BCERP role: Clinical research coordinator 

    Responsible for preparation of clinic materials for participant visits, scheduling participants and data entry.  

    + Veronica Ratliff - Administrator coordinator

    Veronica Ratliff
    Research Associate
    Department of Environmental Health, the University of Cincinnati, and Clinical Research Coordinator, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 
    Email: veronica.ratliff@cchmc.org
    BCERP role: Administrator coordinator

    Provides administrative coordination for the Community Outreach Translation Core (COTC) and the Study Helper program. She assists in scheduling visit appointments for study participants, coordinates logistics during Saturday clinic visits, conducts interviews with parents and participants and is responsible for front desk flow and biospecimen collection at the clinic. She also assists in maintaining the program’s website, planning the annual education forum (Looking Upstream) and is a member of the Advisory Board.

    + Paul Succop, PhD - Biostatistician of epidemiology studies

    Paul Succop, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati
    Email:succoppa@ucmail.uc.edu
    BCERP role: Biostatistician of epidemiology studies 

    Research interests include multivariate analysis and techniques for handling missing data. Consults with Bin Huang, PhD, and the other investigators on data analysis.


    + Jennifer Hillman, MD - Clinical Researcher

    Jennifer Hillman, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Division of Adolescent Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Email: jennifer.hillman@cchmc.org
    BCERP role: Clinical researcher

    Has been a member of the Growing Up Female Study since January 2009. Her research interest is in evaluating the link between weight-related disorders and psychological disturbance among adolescent girls. For the GUF study, she stages puberty, measures foot length and body composition and interviews the girls about their menstrual cycle. She will also be using some of the data collected from GUF 1 to evaluate associations between obesity and depressive symptoms.

    + Justin Bates, MA - Data Manager

    Justin Bates, MA
    BCERP role: Data manager

    Has a master’s degree in experimental psychology and experience managing data for industry and clinical research projects.  He works with the BCERP statistician in day-to-day data management, cleaning data, creating summary variables and performing general statistics.

    + Stephanie Pabst, MEd, CCRP - Clinical Research Manager

    Stephanie Pabst, MEd, CCRP
    BCERP Role: Clinical research manager

    Has a master’s degree in nutrition education and food science and is a certified clinical research coordinator.  She is responsible for decision making about daily protocol issues in consultation with Frank Biro, MD. She also assists with budget management in consultation with Biro and in collaboration with the Division of Adolescent Medicine business director.

    + Jane Parker-Smith, PNP - Research Nurse

    Jane Parker-Smith, PNP
    BCERP role: Research nurse

    Trained in maturation assessment (Tanner staging).  She performs maturation assessments for the study.


  • Community Outreach Translation Core

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    + Gail Greenburg, RN, and Peggy Monroe - Advocate Collaborators

    Gail Greenburg, RN, and Peggy Monroe
    BCERP role: Advocate collaborators of COTC

    Monroe (a breast cancer survivor) and Greenburg serve as contacts for breast cancer advocates and community.  They represent BCERP at local, regional and national meetings with Frank Biro, MD, or when he is unavailable.  They participate on national committees and in a variety of COTC activities.  They also work with the team’s science writer to publish  findings in lay terms.

    + Lora Arduser, PhD - Science Writer

    Lora Arduser, PhD
    BCERP role: Science writer

    Works with the scientific team and the members of the COTC on writing and publishing research findings in venues for the general public.


 
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