Members of the Adami, Bagchi, Crowe, and Radosevich laboratories all presented research at the recent Cancer Center Research Forum at UIC. Dr. Joel Schwartz was a featured speaker and gave an update on his recent work funded in part by the Cancer Center.
Dr. Schwartz’s pilot project is looking for an innovative approach for improving access to oral health care for high-risk populations for oral cancer/oral pharynx cancer. External Referral Clinics involved in the project include the Heartland Alliance, Howard Brown Health Center and Project Brotherhood.
Additional aims include assessing clinician and patient resources/challenges and designing and evaluating community based/ targeted educational interventions; providing an Optical Coherent Tomography (OCT) device for non-invasive visualization of oral mucosa and Raman Spectroscopy instruments to analyze and complement histopathology diagnosis; genotyping (transcriptome/pyrosequencing) for cytochrome P450 genes (1A1,1A2,1B1, 3/4A; and demonstrating the presence of specific microorganism species that grow and metabolize polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) - a potent carcinogen family in individuals with pre-malignant and malignant oral lesions.