"Research is creating new knowledge" - Neil Armstrong

Research can help identify the needs of populations that are not well understood. It provides a platform for a continuous flow and exchange of ideas.

Under the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, we are involved in critical research studies that seek to improve the effectiveness of interventions for women at risk for breast cancer.  We promote community-based participatory research, involving the community in the planning and implementation of research in order to maximixe the benefit of the findings.

If you have general questions about the research we conduct, please contact Vicky Watkins at 202.687.8548.

Below are a few of the Georgetown-Lombardi community studies that are currently recruiting participants:

POWER (Preventing Obesity in Women with Exergaming Routine) Latina Women

Esta interesada en ponerse en forma, perder peso y reducir su riesgo de tener cancer de mama? Si es elegible, usted puede participar en este estudio durante 6 meses. En este tiempo podra ganar hasta $50 en tarjetas de regalo de un supermercado.

Usted es elegible para participar en este estudio si:

  • Es una mujer o Hispana
  • Tiene entre 40 y 59 anos

FIERCE  (Focused Intervention on Exercise to Reduce CancEr)

A 6-month study looking at how exercise may help you lose weight and reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer. If eligible, you will be part of the study for 6-months and have the opportunity to earn up to $75 in grocery store gift cards.


  • Postmenopausal African American Women between the ages of 45-65

Contact: 202-687-5367

POWER  (Preventing Obesity in Women with Exergaming Routine)

A study on the effects of exergaming (such as Wii Fit or Dance Dance Revolution) on African American women’s health. We will be using specific Nintendo Wii games 3-times a week for 6-months to reduce obesity and other breast cancer risk factors. Participants can earn up to $100 in grocery store gift cards.


  • African American women between 40-59 years of age

Contact: 202-687-5367

STRONG (Strength Training Routing to fight Obesity and Non-activity for Gentlemen)

We are looking for male concer survivors who want to lose weight and become more fit.  If eligible, you will be part of this research study for 8 weeks. You may be asked to attend 3 or more 1‐hour long sessions at this site. As an eligible participant you will have the opportunity to earn up to $50 in gift cards.


  • Male and between ages of 35‐70 years old
  • Cancer survivor (completed al treatment, Stage I, II, or III)
  • Currently inactive (less than 60 minutes a week of exercise)
  • Overweight or obese
  • Able to come to a community site located by the Navy Yard metro

Contact:  202‐687‐3213 or email Bryan Kim

MASTER (Mitigating Androgen-deprivation therapy Side-effects Through Exercise Routine)

Prostate Cancer Survivors who are currently receiving Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)  are invited to join an exercise study. This research is looking at how exercise may help ease the side-effects related to ADT and possibly lose weight. You may be eligible if you are:

  • Male between 40-75 years of age,
  • Currently receiving ADT (for less than one year)
  • Able to come to 50-minute sessions at a community site 3 times per week over a total of 8 weeks.

For more information, call 202.687.3213 or email Bryan Kim

WHIP (Women's Hormonal Initiation & Persistence)

We want to learn how you feel about the treatments you receive and the risks/benefits of your treatment plan following your breast cancer diagnosis. You will need to be participate in a series of phone interviews over a 3 year period. You will be asked to provide a voluntary saliva sample using an at-home kit.


  • Diagnosed with breast cancer after April 2012.
  • Able to read and write English or Spanish.
  • You are 21 years of age and older

Contact: 202.687.5698 or toll free 1.855.345.WHIP (9447)