Epidemiology

Providing expertise to researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

When the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) needed experts in data management and biostatistics support for its many research studies, it turned to Westat.

Using GPS to measure physical activity levels

In 2012, Westat staff helped design and carry out a study of the physical activity levels of New York City residents for the New York City Department of Health...

Examining the risks of diesel fume exposure

Exposure to diesel exhaust increases the risk of lung cancer, studies show, but it isn’t clear how much exhaust is dangerous. Miners come in contact with some of the...

Using GIS to interpret spatial context and cancer risk

An individual’s health is affected by one’s “spatial context,” that is, where one lives. Spatial context is characterized by three domains that influence health through local exposures, risks, and...

Examining the health habits of teens and their parents

What influence does home environment, neighborhood, and the wider community have on diet and exercise habits of today’s teenagers? How do parents’ and teens’ attitudes toward healthy foods affect...

Tracking cancer burden in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is required by law to maintain a registry of all cancers diagnosed in Maryland. Hospitals, radiation therapy centers, ambulatory care facilities,...

Discovering genetic links to rare bone marrow failure disorders

Westat is supporting research the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Clinical Genetics Branch is conducting on the course of inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (IMBFS). Investigators are working to identify...

Pooling and harmonizing data to answer questions about cancer

Many questions about cancer etiology, especially for rare cancers and cancer subtypes, can only be addressed with studies using large sample sizes. As a practical alternative to the challenge...

Understanding the causes of Burkitt lymphoma

Burkitt lymphoma is the most common childhood cancer in Africa. The endemic form found in equatorial Africa mainly affects children ages 4 to 7 years and manifests itself as...

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