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Testicular cancer in Maori men: what is driving the disparity?

57 months
Approved budget:
Associate Professor Jason Gurney
Health issue:
Cancer (oncology)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lay summary
This postdoctoral fellowship comprises two complementary components: (a) a substantive research component; and (b) a more general career development component. The first component involves a programme of epidemiological research into the occurrence and causes of testicular cancer and will include: (i) descriptive analyses of incidence, mortality and survival from testicular cancer in Maori and non-Maori men; (ii) systematic review and meta-analysis of key risk factors for testicular cancer; and (iii) conduct of a pilot case-control study of testicular cancer in Maori and non-Maori men. The latter component of the fellowship involves consolidation and more general development of my epidemiology research skills including: (iv) development of a full case-control study based on the results of the pilot study for submission to funding sources; and (v) gaining experience and knowledge (with a focus on cancer epidemiology) through attendance at a training course with internationally recognised expertise in this area.