Research in the Division of Pediatric Epidemiology and Clinical Research

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Germ Cell Tumor Epidemiology Study

The GaMETES (Germ Cell Tumor Epidemiology Study) was designed to try to find out more about risk factors associated with germ cell tumors in children. The main purpose of this study is to understand how genes might affect young people's chances of developing a germ cell tumor (GCT). To do this we will compare the genes of young people with a GCT to the genes of their parents or full siblings. We will also look at how some lifestyle factors work with genes in germ cell tumors. Lastly, if available, we will collect a small part of the leftover tumor sample.

My Tree Study

The MyTree Study was designed to find out more about why immune disorders, known genetic conditions, abnormal growths including cancers, and blood disorders occur in some people at a very early age. We are also interested in learning more about why these conditions seem to cluster in some families.