Brenda Cartmel PhD

Senior Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biographical Info


Dr. Cartmel's primary research interests are in the area of cancer prevention and cancer survivorship. Dr. Cartmel is collaborating on a large case control study of basal cell carcinoma in young people. The goal of this study is to explore the etiology and genetics of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of nonmelanoma skin cancer, with a particular focus on UV exposure from tanning beds. Her recently funded grant will investigate the genetics of tanning addiction. In addition to this study, Dr. Cartmel is involved in two exercise intervention studies in cancer survivor (Melinda Irwin Ph.D., PI). She is also participating in a nationwide longitudinal quality of life study in cancer survivors in which she is studying communication of health information to long-term cancer survivors. Other interests include the use of a novel noninvasive assessment method of skin carotenoids.


Education & Training

Ph.D.
University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff (1984)

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