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New investigator receives minority research award

The American Association for Cancer Research has honored Jessie Satia, a new investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, with its 1999 Minority Scholar Award in Cancer Research.

Satia studies factors that influence dietary changes and behavior, especially among racial and ethnic-minority populations.

A doctoral candidate in nutritional sciences in the Hutchinson Center's Cancer Prevention Research Program and at the University of Washington, Satia examines factors that affect food choices and dietary acculturation, or adaptation, among Chinese Americans in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. She also studies the impact of soy, fat and antioxidant vitamins on the risk of benign breast disease and breast cancer among female textile workers in Shanghai, China.

She and 43 other young minority scientists received this career-development award, supported by a grant from the Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Program of the National Cancer Institute.

Satia's work also recently caught the attention of the American Society of Preventive Oncology, which selected her and six other new investigators to participate in the New Investigators Workshop at its annual meeting last month in Houston.

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Editor's note: Satia is available to comment on dietary issues related to various racial and ethnic minority populations, as well as the influence of diet on cancer risk.

Kristen Woodward
(206) 667-5095

April 23, 1999


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