Kathryn Lowry, M.D., awarded American Cancer Society grant

Congratulations to Kathryn Lowry, M.D., who was awarded the American Cancer Society (ACS) Clinical Scientist Development Grant. The ACS award is a mentored four-year award to support the career development and training of junior physician scientists.  Dr. Lowry will be mentored by Dr. Christoph Lee, Dr. Joann Elmore (David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA), and Dr. Natasha Stout (Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School).  

Current ACS breast cancer screening guidelines recommend screening with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in women with a 20% lifetime risk of breast cancer or greater. However, current breast cancer risk models do not accurately predict future risk for individual women, particularly for Black and Hispanic women. Artificial intelligence (AI)-based technologies have shown promise as tools for more equitable cancer risk prediction. Commencing in January 2022, Dr. Lowry will work with her team of mentors to study Machine Learning and Deep Learning approaches to identifying women likely to benefit from high-risk screening MRI.  

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