September 28, 2010
Rebecca Riggins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Oncology, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University
Many of the plastic products we use every day—water bottles, canned food, even baby bottles—contain a chemical that may cause cancer. With new funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Dr. Rebecca Riggins' lab has been able to study this chemical, called bisphenol A (BPA), and its link to cancer in more detail. In this two-minute video, Dr. Riggins discusses how this funding has enabled her to study the role of BPA in cancer risk, as well as allowed her to hire a technician to help with the research. She also shares how motherhood has affected her views on cancer prevention.
To read more about the scientific context of Dr. Riggins' research, read her ARRA-funded review paper on the role of orphan nuclear receptors in breast cancer.
Recovery Act Investment: “Err-Gamma-Dependent Mammary Tumorigenesis in Response to BPA and a High-Fat Diet,” $76,750 for FY 2010 (National Cancer Institute)