krista_casazzaA University of Alabama at Birmingham professor won a $40,000 grant through the 2011 American Cancer Society Award Cycle on the potential links of early childhood adiposity, fat found in the adipose tissue, and later development of breast cancer. Krista Casazza, Ph.D, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the School of Health Professions, also placed first in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Junior Faculty Development Grant mechanism.

“The study has great potential to provide a thoughtful model that shows how early childhood adiposity and the subsequent changes in hormones and inflammatory markers (while accounting for genetics) may predispose or contribute to the development of cancer in women later in life,” said Casazza.

The grant is supported by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.

Casazza was also recently awarded The Endocrine Society 2011 Early Investigators Award. The Early Investigators Awards provides recognition and monetary support to assist in the career development of basic and clinical early career investigators and their accomplishments in endocrine research.

The award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to endocrine research in their early careers.