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Clinical and Cancer Control Research

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Scientific Director: 
Joanne Elena, PhD, MPH

Research Program Manager:
Sabrina Times, PhD, MPH

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This program accepts grant applications that focus on studies in humans that investigate how to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer. Special emphasis is placed on studies that include diverse populations, with respect to race, ethnicity, geography, age, sexual and gender minorities, socioeconomic status, and beyond.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Analysis of longitudinal data to identify factors associated with cancer risk and survival
  • Development, testing, and evaluation of innovative methods and technologies to promote and sustain behavioral change
  • Applying advanced statistical methods and machine-learning to interrogate multiple large databases for risk prediction and prognostic modeling
  • Application of novel screening tools to more effectively detect cancer
  • Evaluation of innovative methods to improve access to care, delivery of cancer care, and research on palliative care 
  • Health equity research to examine and address the root causes of inequities based on the social determinants of health 
  • Strategies to increase and diversify participation in clinical trials
  • Implementation science studies to accelerate translation of evidence from research into practice

Glossary for Nonscientists

Featured Term:
Social Determinants of Health

Non-medical factors that influence health, the ability to function, risk for health problems, and quality of life. These include conditions in the environments where people are born, live, work, play, worship, and age as well as the social, economic, and political systems that shape those conditions of daily life. Social determinants of health are closely linked with health disparities.