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“Of Mice and Women: Modeling Breast Cancer and the Environment” video and scientific glossary was developed by the Bay Area Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center (BABCERC) Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC) in partnership with Dr. Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, PhD. BABCERC is one of four national centers that make up the national collective Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center (BCERC). In the “Of Mice and Women” video Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at New York University Langone School of Medicine, describes why and how different types of mouse models are used in experimental animal studies to study various aspects of breast cancer biology. Dr. Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff is co-investigator of the BABCERC animal study, “Environmental Effects on the Molecular Architecture and Function of the Mammary Gland Across the Life Span”. The goal of the BABCERC animal study is to determine the effects of low dose ionizing radiation on the mouse mammary gland at different stages of development: pre-puberty, puberty, pregnancy, and aging. The goal of the video and scientific glossary is to serve as an educational tool for breast cancer advocates and community members to facilitate a greater understanding of why mice models are used in breast cancer prevention research.

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