The Cancer Prevention & Population Science (CPPS) program conducts research to define etiologic factors underlying health disparities in the urban-rural continuum. Our approach is team-oriented and translationally based that covers the entire cancer continuum — primary prevention, early detection, laboratory research, clinical trials and applications, diagnosis and treatment, quality of life, and survivorship.

Our research activities include evaluating primary and secondary prevention measures, understanding molecular factors associated with the development and optimal management of cancer, and assessing community-based strategies to improve cancer outcomes.

Research in the CPPS program is organized according to our social ecological model that progresses from discovery to intervention to dissemination.

The program has three focus areas:

  • Reduce cancer incidence and progression by identifying etiology (molecular) and risk (environmental, social and cultural) factors, as well as developing and implementing novel strategies/interventions to reduce cancer risk and improve cancer outcomes.
  • Decrease regional cancer disparities through developing and testing implementation methods of evidence-based dissemination strategies designed to promote cancer prevention and early detection.
  • Understand the role of immune system in cancer development, and develop and test immune-mediated interventions for preventing cancers and recurrence of cancers, as well as reducing progression of cancers in a watchful waiting state.

Program Co-Leaders

Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences

Mayumi Nakagawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Joseph Su, Ph.D., MPH