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Using Family History to Estimate Health Risks February 2014

Cannon-Albright explains how knowing your genealogy can give you a head start in understanding your risk for developing disease. She also describes her work building a genealogy database incorporating Veterans Administration records, and how it may help identify soldiers more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and other complex disorders.

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Following the Family Tree to Understand Cancer December 2013

Cannon-Albright helped discover the hereditary breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 as well as a gene that predisposes people to Melanoma. Listen to her explain how Utah’s rich genealogical resources have enabled the discovery of cancer genes by allowing researchers to find genetic similarities in large families with histories of cancer.


Creation of a national resource with linked genealogy and phenotypic data: the Veterans Genealogy Project.
Cannon-Albright LA, Dintelman S, Maness T, Backus S, Thomas A, Meyer LJ. Genet Med. 2013 Jul;15(7):541-7.


Veterens Health Administration Genealogy Grant


National Cancer Institute Colon Sequencing Grant
2011 Annual Report

Researchers Climb the Family Tree: Understanding Inherited Risk for Colorectal Cancer 2011 Annual Report

Grandpa's colorectal cancer may play more of a role in your risk than anyone realized. What's more, the findings of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) researchers published in the March 2010 issue of Gastroenterology also influence colorectal screening guidelines on a national level.