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Trent Professors to Conduct Breast Cancer Research Project


Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance Grant to assist Dr. Leslie Kerr and Dr. Elaine Scharfe in studying Cancer Survival

Wednesday, August 30, 2006, Peterborough

The Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance (CBCRA) has recently awarded Trent professors Dr. Leslie Kerr and Dr. Elaine Scharfe with a $25,897 development and exploratory research grant to begin a pilot project exploring the possible causal link between parent-child attachment styles and breast cancer survival.

The goal of Dr. Kerr and Dr. Scharfe’s research is to identify behavioural patterns (i.e. approach versus avoidance when under distress) within an individual as well as across generations and to identify and adapt behavioural/psychosocial interventions for specific personality traits. The results will inform the development of more comprehensive practices by both physicians and patients and will work to increase the rates of cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment compliance.

Dr. Kerr is an assistant professor in the Biology and Psychology departments at Trent. Dr. Scharfe is an associate professor in the Psychology department. Both researchers have published related work on breast cancer and attachment.  

The CBCRA is Canada’s primary granting agency for breast cancer research. Its members are: the Avon Flame Foundation; the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation; the Canadian Breast Cancer Network; the Canadian Cancer Society; the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Health Canada; the Public Health Agency of Canada; and the National Cancer Institute of Canada.


For more information, please contact:
Dr. Leslie Kerr, Assistant Professor, Departments of Biology and Psychology, (705)748-1011 ext. 7435; or
Dr. Elaine Scharfe, Associate Professor, Biology Department, (705)748-1011 ext.1354.