Cancer Research and Observational Studies

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Hereditary Exploration and Research for Screening and Testing for Oncology Risks in Women 

UCLA Health is seeking women to join the UCLA HERSTORY study. This is a large study that aims to understand the risk factors for cancer diagnosis in women with a family history of the disease, with a focus on underrepresented minorities. The study will offer clinical genetic analysis at no cost and will create a biorepository with future opportunities for longitudinal participation in research projects. 


To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Gender/age: Female, age 35 or older
  • Family history of cancer: First- or second-degree relatives
  • Diversity in research: Identify as an underrepresented minority
  • UCLA patient: Current or past patient

How to participate

Participation includes the following activities:

  • Sign consent
  • Clinical genetic testing
  • Questionnaire
  • Blood draw

You may receive compensation up to $120 in gift cards for your time and participation. 

If interested, please contact the HERSTORY Project team by phone at 310-794-3366 or by email at [email protected] (IRB #22-000771).

About this study

The HERSTORY study is conducted by the UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The principal investigator is Vivian Chang, MD, MS. Co-investigators are Paul Boutros, PhD, MBA; Beth Karlan, MD; and Mariana Neill Swiller, MS, CGC.

To learn more about the HERSTORY study, click to download the informational PDF. You can also click here to read this UCLA Health feature story.