Demographer and associate professor Dr. Corey Sparks seeks to investigate cancer
Demographer and associate professor Dr. Corey Sparks seeks to investigate cancer

Demographer and Associate Professor Corey Sparks, Ph.D. was featured in the Discovery Magazine, UTSA’s premier research publication, for his investigation and study of cancer incident data for 36 South Texas counties.  Based on an article written by Analisa Nazareno, Sparks’s discovery led to finding elevated incidents of cancer in the neighborhoods near the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio.  The chemical ground water contamination that residents and advocates believe is linked to the high rates at the former Kelly Air Force Base has been well documented.  The Air Force has spent millions of dollars to clean up the chemical spills, build water treatment plans, and haul away contaminated soil.  Sparks seeks to perform an investigation on incidence of cancer and census tracks throughout the state of Texas to discover other “cancer hot spots.”  “There has never been a study done that has been as comprehensive as this for the state as a whole,” said Sparks.

Sparks won a UTSA Summer Seed Grant that he will use to apply for a two-year $200,000 grant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The funds will enable him to expand his research to include the entire state of Texas.  You can view more about Dr. Sparks’s research from the article on page 26 in the 2014 issue of the Discovery Magazine.

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