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Current Projects

Health Studies

Updated Factsheet
Drexel University
  • Conducting a study to look for risk factors for MPNs in part of northeast Pennsylvania.
Geisinger Health System
  • Learning more about how often people with a mutation in the JAK2 gene get MPNs
  • Looking at how MPN patients are diagnosed and treated.
  • Learning more about how common JAK2 mutations are in people living in northeast Pennsylvania
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
  • Looking at whether there are genetic differences between PV patients living in a Pennsylvania tri-county area and patients living in other areas.
  • Developing a test to find out how some chemicals might affect cells. This may lead to clues about whether there is a relationship between PV and exposure to these chemicals.
University of Pittsburgh
  • School of Public Health is conducting a study to learn more about the number of MPN cases reported.
  • Cancer Institute is studying a four-county area in Pennsylvania to learn more about how many residents have MPNs.

Environmental Studies

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is gathering more information about the environment where a PV cluster was identified by

  • Sampling drinking water, dust, and soil at the homes of study participants.
  • Testing water and sediment from McAdoo Superfund Site.
  • Sampling water from area cogeneration plants.