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Shepherd Research Lab

Cancer Research

Our studies pertaining to cancer, especially breast cancer. The goals of these studies include estimating the probability of breast cancer and improving early cancer detection. Click the links to learn more.

Ongoing Projects

  • Hawaiʻi and Pacific Islands Mammography Registry

    The Hawaii & Pacific Islands Mammography Registry (HIPIMR) database aims to maintain a computerized database of women undergoing breast imaging in the state of Hawai’i.


Completed Projects

  • Accessible Breast Cancer Screening in the Pacific

    Accessible Breast Cancer Screening in the Pacific

    In this pre-pilot study, we evaluate the effectiveness of the iBreastExam (iBE) as an early detection tool among women of Pacific Islander ancestry. We also test the acceptance of the technology with […]

Latest publications related to Cancer:

Bennett JP, Ford KL, Siervo M, Gonzalez MC, Lukaski HC, Sawyer MB, et al. Advancing body composition assessment in patients with cancer: First comparisons of traditional versus multicompartment models. Nutrition [Internet]. 2024 May 6;112494. Cite
Lesser C, Mericq V, Reyes M, GARMENDIA ML, Shepherd JA, Michels KB, et al. Habitual Phytoestrogen Intake is Associated with Breast Composition in Girls at 2 Years after Menarche Onset. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention [Internet]. 2022 Apr 27;cebp.0016.2022. Cite
Torres SM. The Need for Breast Cancer Risk Modeling Data in Women Participating in Screening Mamography in Hawai’i. Poster presented at: 2022 Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium; 2022 Apr 7; Honolulu, HI. Cite Download
Valdez D. A pilot study to evaluate breast cancer screening in low resource areas of the Pacific using portable ultrasound and artificial intelligence. Poster presented at: 2022 Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium; 2022 Apr 7; Honolulu, HI. Cite Download
Shepherd J. Time-restricted eating, body composition, and cancer risk factors. Starlight Lecture Series presented at: Quest for a Cure: Progress in Cancer Research; 2021; University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center. Cite
Lim U, Wilkens LR, Monroe KR, Cheng I, Kristal BS, Lampe JW, et al. Abstract IA38: Racial/ethnic differences in liver fat, an obesity-associated risk factor for liver cancer [Internet]. Oral Presentation presented at: AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved; 2020 Jun 1; New Orleans, LA. Cite
Leong L, Giger M, Drukker K, Kerlikowske K, Joe B, Greenwood H, et al. Three compartment breast machine learning model for improving computer-aided detection. In Leuven, Belgium: International Society for Optics and Photonics; 2020. Cite
Mullooly M, Fan S, Pfeiffer RM, Sprague B, Vacek PM, Weaver DL, et al. Abstract NG15: Investigation of relationships between breast cancer risk factors and bilateral mammographic breast density asymmetry among women undergoing diagnostic image-guided breast biopsies [Internet]. Oral Presentation presented at: Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research; 2020 Apr 27; Philadelphia, PA. Cite
Fukui J, Cheng S, Lim S, Shepherd J, Yamada P, Teranishi-Hashimoto C. The effect of longitudinal exercise programming in breast cancer patients [Internet].; 2020. Cite

View more publications on our Publication page.