Dr. Bertrand’s research focuses primarily on the epidemiology of breast cancer, with an emphasis on understanding racial disparities in incidence and outcomes. She is currently a co-Investigator with the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS), a prospective cohort study of over 59,000 African American women begun in 1995. Dr. Bertrand is also Principal Investigator of a BWHS study to evaluate risk factors for high mammographic density, a strong independent predictor of breast cancer, and the role mammographic density and other risk factors may play in tumor aggressiveness. Other areas of research interest include risk factors for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
- Epidemiologist, Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston University School of Medicine
- Member, BU-BMC Cancer Center, Boston University
- Member, Genome Science Institute, Boston University
- Harvard School of Public Health, ScD
- Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
- Brown University, BS
- Published on 5/19/2020
Palmer JR, Polley EC, Hu C, John EM, Haiman C, Hart SN, Gaudet M, Pal T, Anton-Culver H, Trentham-Dietz A, Bernstein L, Ambrosone CB, Bandera EV, Bertrand KA, Bethea TN, Gao C, Gnanaolivu RD, Huang H, Lee KY, LeMarchand L, Na J, Sandler DP, Shah PD, Yadav S, Yang W, Weitzel JN, Domchek SM, Goldgar DE, Nathanson KL, Kraft P, Couch FJ. Contribution of Germline Predisposition Gene Mutations to Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 May 19. PMID: 32427313.
- Published on 4/21/2020
Bertrand KA, Castro-Webb N, Cozier YC, Li S, O'Brien KM, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Gestational Diabetes and Risk of Breast Cancer in African American Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Apr 21. PMID: 32317301.
- Published on 4/13/2020
VoPham T, Bertrand KA, Jones RR, Deziel NC, DuPré NC, James P, Liu Y, Vieira VM, Tamimi RM, Hart JE, Ward MH, Laden F. Dioxin exposure and breast cancer risk in a prospective cohort study. Environ Res. 2020 Apr 13; 186:109516. PMID: 32305677.
- Published on 2/3/2020
Schoemaker MJ, Nichols HB, Wright LB, Brook MN, Jones ME, O'Brien KM, Adami HO, Baglietto L, Bernstein L, Bertrand KA, Boutron-Ruault MC, Chen Y, Connor AE, Dossus L, Eliassen AH, Giles GG, Gram IT, Hankinson SE, Kaaks R, Key TJ, Kirsh VA, Kitahara CM, Larsson SC, Linet M, Ma H, Milne RL, Ozasa K, Palmer JR, Riboli E, Rohan TE, Sacerdote C, Sadakane A, Sund M, Tamimi RM, Trichopoulou A, Ursin G, Visvanathan K, Weiderpass E, Willett WC, Wolk A, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Sandler DP, Swerdlow AJ. Adult weight change and premenopausal breast cancer risk: A prospective pooled analysis of data from 628,463 women. Int J Cancer. 2020 Feb 03. PMID: 32012248.
- Published on 12/24/2019
Webb PM, Na R, Weiderpass E, Adami HO, Anderson KE, Bertrand KA, Botteri E, Brasky TM, Brinton LA, Chen C, Doherty JA, Lu L, McCann SE, Moysich KB, Olson S, Petruzella S, Palmer JR, Prizment AE, Schairer C, Setiawan VW, Spurdle AB, Trabert B, Wentzensen N, Wilkens L, Yang HP, Yu H, Risch HA, Jordan SJ. Use of aspirin, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen and risk of endometrial cancer: the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium. Ann Oncol. 2019 Feb; 30(2):310-316. PMID: 31987430.
- Published on 12/11/2019
Oh H, Rice MS, Warner ET, Bertrand KA, Fowler EE, Eliassen AH, Rosner BA, Heine JJ, Tamimi RM. Early-Life and Adult Anthropometrics in Relation to Mammographic Image Intensity Variation in the Nurses' Health Studies. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Feb; 29(2):343-351. PMID: 31826913.
- Published on 11/6/2019
Bertrand KA, Bethea TN, Rosenberg L, Bandera EV, Khoury T, Troester MA, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR. Risk factors for estrogen receptor positive ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast in African American women. Breast. 2020 Feb; 49:108-114. PMID: 31786415.
- Published on 7/1/2019
Lucht SA, Eliassen AH, Bertrand KA, Ahern TP, Borgquist S, Rosner B, Hankinson SE, Tamimi RM. Circulating lipids, mammographic density, and risk of breast cancer in the Nurses' Health Study and Nurses' Health Study II. Cancer Causes Control. 2019 Sep; 30(9):943-953. PMID: 31264139.
- Published on 6/17/2019
VoPham T, Bertrand KA, DuPré NC, James P, Vieira VM, Tamimi RM, Laden F, Hart JE. Ultraviolet radiation exposure and breast cancer risk in the Nurses' Health Study II. Environ Epidemiol. 2019; 3. PMID: 31321375.
- Published on 6/6/2019
Coogan PF, Bethea TN, Cozier YC, Bertrand KA, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Lenzy Y. Association of type 2 diabetes with central-scalp hair loss in a large cohort study of African American women. Int J Womens Dermatol. 2019 Sep; 5(4):261-266. PMID: 31700983.
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