Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Colorectal Cancer Research

egypt-1Principal Investigators: Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH – University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Waleed O. Arafat, MD, PhD – Alexandria University, Egypt

Co-Principal Investigators:

  • Abbas Omar, MD, PhD – Alexandria University, Egypt
  • Edward Partridge, MD – University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
  • Upender Manne, PhD, MSc
  • Laura Q. Rogers, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM
  • Isabel C. Scarinci, PhD, MPH
  • James M. Shikany, DrPH, PA-C

Project Period: 07/01/16 – 06/30/18

Sponsor: National Academy of Science

Location: Egypt

 

The ultimate goal of the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Colorectal Cancer Research is reducing the high morbidity and mortality of colorectal cancer in the Egyptian population. Colorectal cancer in Egypt occurs in people 40 years of age and younger 3.6 times more frequently than in the United States, and the mortality from it is nearly 2 times higher than in the Unites States. The disease is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, which is attributed to a combination of cultural issues and lack of awareness, even among practitioners.

Specific aims:

Aim 1. Identify demographic and socio-cultural factors associated with utilization of colorectal cancer screening in Egypt (Prevention and early detection);

Aim 2. Identify sub-populations in Egypt who are at high-risk for aggressive colorectal cancer (Treatment);

Aim 3. Identify dietary and physical activity patterns among colorectal cancer survivors in Egypt and build capacity to improve colorectal cancer outcomes through diet and physical activity (Survivorship);

Aim 4. Ensure sustainability of the project and enhance the research capacity of the Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine through a research training program for Egyptian investigators.