Are you a postmenopausal woman aged 55-64? Did you have a normal mammogram at a UPMC facility in the past three months? You may be able to participate in a research study to learn more about how the microbiome (the community of bacteria and microscopic organisms that live in our bodies) affects women’s health. Eligible participants have never been diagnosed with cancer. Compensation is provided.
The microbiome is the community of bacteria and microscopic organisms that live inside our bodies and may have an impact on health. The purpose of this study is to learn more about how the microbiome affects women’s health. Researchers hope their findings lead to better ways to prevent and treat women’s health conditions in the future.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Postmenopausal women ages 55-64
- No prior history of cancer
- Not on hormone replacement therapy
- Had a normal mammogram in the past three months at a UPMC facility
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Study participation involves one in-person study visit that will take about an hour. Participants will complete a questionnaire, provide small samples of blood and stool, and allow the study team to review their medical records. Some procedures can be done at home. Some participants may be asked to provide additional samples and questionnaire information in the future.
IRB: STUDY20050019- The Microbiome, Biological Markers and Women's Health
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Francesmary Modugno, MS, PhD, MPH, is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Gynecologic Cancer Biospecimen and Data Bank. Dr. Modugno’s research focuses on understanding risk factors and improving outcomes in women’s cancers, especially ovarian, breast and endometrial cancers.