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Donor Recognition

The Estée Lauder Companies Brands Award in Memory of Evelyn H. Lauder
The ULTA Beauty Award

Olufunmilayo (Funmi) I. Olopade, MB, BS, FACP

Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine
Professor of Human Genetics
Founding Director, Cancer Risk Clinic
Associate Dean for Global Health
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Current Research

In a true public-private partnership, Dr. Olopade and her University of Chicago colleagues are working with a network of investigators in Southwest Nigeria to build local capacity to conduct clinical research in breast cancer.  There is the need for qualitative and quantitative research to support decision-making in the treatment of breast cancer in these low resource regions where patients commonly present with advanced disease and a breast cancer diagnosis can be a death sentence without adequate data to inform patients’ and providers’ decisions.  The project has identified major barriers to breast cancer care in Nigeria, and is working in a variety of ways to address those barriers and improve access to care, as well as the training of local doctors, clinicians and healthcare providers. With support from BCRF, the team has been able to ask important questions about response to guideline-based therapy in patients with breast cancer that will lead to implementation of evidence-based medicine and clinical trials and improve the care of breast cancer patients in Nigeria and across many Sub-Saharan countries.


Dr. Olopade's research interests are diverse and include: 1) treatment of breast cancer, especially in young or pregnant women, 2) familial cancers; 3) molecular genetics of cancer; 4) cancer risk assessment and chemoprevention; 5) breast cancer and minority populations; 6) disparities in health outcomes. She has maintained externally funded laboratory and clinical research programs in cancer genetics since 1990. Currently, Dr. Olopade is the Principal Investigator on grants from the NIH/NCI, the Falk Medical Research Trust, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and the Avon Foundation. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has recognized her as a Distinguished Clinical Scientist and Exceptional Mentor.

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