Cancer researchers seek study participants

INDIANAPOLIS — Jasper native Bryan Schneider, MD, and a team of researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine will host a local focus group to better understand cancer survivors’ opinions on cancer genomic testing.

The focus group is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22 at KlubHaus 61, 2031 Newton St., Jasper. Participants will be compensated for their time and dinner will be provided.

To participate in the focus group, you must be an individual residing in Dubois County who currently has cancer or has had cancer in the past five years. For more information on participating, contact Susanna Scott at or 317-948-9528. Those interested can also register through at

“We want everyone in rural Indiana to have equal access to the best therapies that exist for cancer,” Schneider said. “Participating in this focus group will help us better understand the unique needs of patients in our state. We need to hear the voices of survivors to design the best cancer care.”

Dr. Schneider is associate professor of medicine, the Vera Bradley Investigator in Oncology, and a member of the Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research at IU School of Medicine. He is also a physician scientist at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center and co-director of the Indiana University Health Precision Genomics Program. He and his colleagues have treated more than 2,000 people with cancer through the program.

His work in precision genomics aligns with the Indiana University Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative, a $120 million project with the goal of better preventing, identifying, treating, and curing diseases across a person’s lifespan.


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