Beyond Wakanda Forever: How the Intersection of Diet and Genes Contribute to the Rise of Early Onset Colon Cancer
Juanita L. Merchant, MD, PhD
Dr. Merchant is a Regents Professor, the chief of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and a professor of medicine at the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson. She is also the UArizona Cancer Center’s associate director for basic sciences and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine Council. Dr. Merchant earned a doctorate in cell biology and a medical degree in internal medicine from the Yale School of Medicine in 1984. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and a clinical/research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a clinical fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She was recruited to Tucson in July 2018 from the University of Michigan, where she held a faculty position since 1991. A renowned physician-scientist, her research focuses on molecular mechanisms underlying normal and pre-neoplastic epithelial cell growth in the luminal gastrointestinal tract and how chronic inflammatory processes and bacterial colonization leads to mucosal alterations in the luminal GI tract that set the stage for gastric and colorectal cancers.
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- To discuss the epidemiology of early onset colorectal cancer
- To review what is known regarding the genomic basis for early onset colorectal cancer
- To test the impact of diet on early onset colorectal cancer
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