CORE Family Studies

Seattle Colon Cancer Family Registry Cohort

Staff Profiles
Polly Newcomb

Dr. Polly A. Newcomb, PhD, MPH directs the CORE Studies/Seattle Colon Cancer Family Registry as its Principal Investigator (lead scientist). She has extensive research experience in colon cancer prevention and cancer survivorship. Dr. Newcomb also heads the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Cancer Prevention Program.

Douglass Fisher

Douglass S. Fisher, MA oversees CORE Studies data operations as Project Manager.  He also provides updates on CORE Studies data to other colorectal cancer cohort sites in the United States, Canada and Australia, as well as periodic reports to the National Cancer Institute.

Charisma Ganders

Charisma (Cara) Ganders oversees the collection of medical records and biospecimens (blood, tissue and saliva samples) from contributing participants.

Carie Deems

Carie Deems is executive assistant to Dr. Newcomb. She also contacts institutions and participants on biospecimen-related questions.

Lisa Myers Bulmash

Lisa Myers Bulmash writes and edits the CORE Studies participant newsletter. She also conducted participant interviews, as well as calls related to biospecimens and medical records.

Mercy Laurino

Mercy Laurino, MS is the CORE Studies genetic counselor. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, and licensed by the Washington State Department of Health.

Renae Lydum

Renae Lydum is the CORE Studies liaison to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), the ethical review committee.  She updates the IRB on matters related to study participants.


Lederle conducts baseline and follow-up interviews with CORE Studies participants. She also contacts study participants about biospecimens and medical records.

Brian Cooper

Brian Cooper extracts specialized information from medical records, for use in individual studies pertaining to colorectal cancer.