Curtin Group

Our Research

Our research interests include age-related macular degeneration and co-segregating diseases, epigenetics in cancer, cancer epidemiology with emphasis on colorectal cancer, environmental pollution, and gene-environment interaction.

Among her current research, Curtin is undertaking a study to use electronic databases to identify a subset of colorectal adenomas (sessile serrated polyps), of which little is known at the population level. It is thought these lesions are associated with missed or ‘interval’ cancers, but studies to date have been small, clinic-based investigations. She is currently funded to investigate novel areas of mammographic breast density in relation to breast cancer, the familiality breast density in a large Utah cohort of women and the association of tamoxifen treatment with breast density and breast cancer recurrence and metastatic progression. The research directly relates to cancer prevention by potentially informing screening recommendations and may provide further evidence of the role of genetics in breast density, a known risk factor for breast cancer and will utilize Utah Population Database information linked to University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare records including complex radiology and pharmacy data.